People Who Said No by Laura Scandiffio
Courage Against Oppression

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Sometimes it’s okay to ignore the rules or break the law. In fact, it’s essential! This thought-provoking book features people who did just that: Sophie and Hans Scholl, siblings who distributed antigovernment pamphlets in Nazi Germany; and Andrei Sakharov, who helped develop the nuclear bomb in Cold War Russia, but then spoke out against its use.

Some, like Rosa Parks, were not originally in positions of political power but came out of the ranks of regular citizens to stand up for human rights. Others, like Oscar Romero, archbishop of El Salvador, used their power to change the status quo.

Also included are Helen Suzman, a South African member of parliament who fought apartheid; Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent years under house arrest for protesting the dictatorship in Burma; and the people of Egypt, who recently brought down the repressive government of Hosni Mubarak.

These inspirational profiles of people who followed their moral compass make for riveting stories as well as excellent starting points for discussions about ethics and morality.

About Laura Scandiffio

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Laura Scandiffio was born in Germany and raised in Ottawa. She loved reading, writing, and drawing as a child, and carried that passion into adulthood. She has worked as an editor for both children's and adult trade books. Nicolas Debon was born and raised in France. He has illustrated historical children's books set in Asia, including The Warlord's Puzzle, The Warlord's Beads, and The Warlord's Fish by Virginia Walton Pilegard, and A Brave Soldier, which he also wrote.
Published June 21, 2012 by Annick Press. 168 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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Scandiffio's concise, engaging profiles offer readers an informative overview of these heroes and their accomplishments, and occasional sidebars provide background information.

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Dedicating each chapter to an individual who stood courageously against a corrupt government, she introduces teenage readers to tenacious people who refused to stay silent, and whose vocal opposition to injustice helped to create massive change.

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