Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time (Hardcover)

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62 million girls are not in school. Tanya Lee Stone digs deep into gender inequality with personal and inspiring stories of girls persevering against remarkable odds to gain an education. A fantastic primer for girls wanting to make a difference in the world. — Martha Cornwell


A gorgeous, full-color oversized book about educating girls across the world inspired by the documentary that Entertainment Weekly says “every mother, sister, daughter, should see, as well as the men who love and support them.” This is the right book for the present moment and perfect for fans of inspirational nonfiction such as I Am Malala and anyone who believes that one girl can change the world.

Worldwide, over 130 million girls are not in school.
But one girl with courage is a revolution

Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, created a film that chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty.

Now, award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone deftly uses new research to illuminate the dramatic facts behind the film, focusing both on the girls captured on camera and many others. She examines barriers to education in depth—early child marriage and childbearing, slavery, sexual trafficking, gender discrimination, and poverty—and shows how removing these barriers means not only a better life for girls, but safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities. 

With full-color photos from the film, infographics, and a compelling narrative, Girl Rising will inspire readers of all ages to join together in a growing movement to help change the world.

A Junior Library Guild Selection 

Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year

“A moving account of hardships and triumphs that is bound to inspire future activists, this is a devastating but crucial read.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
Additional Praise for the Film: 
“Delivers . . . tangible hope that the world can be healed in a better future.” —Meryl Streep

Girl Rising stands as a testament to the power of information.” —The Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Tanya Lee Stone has received many awards and honors for her books, including an NAACP Image Award for Courage Has No Color, a Robert F. Sibert Medal for Almost Astronauts, and a Golden Kite Award for The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie. Her articles and reviews have appeared in School Library Journal, the Horn Book Magazine, and the New York Times. She is best known for her passion for telling little-known or unknown true stories of people who have been missing from our histories. Stone went to Oberlin College and now teaches writing at Champlain College. You can find her online at, on, and on Twitter at @TanyaLeeStone.

Praise For…

"A moving account of hardships and triumphs that is bound to inspire future activists, this is a devastating but crucial read. " —Kirkus, Starred review

"Much more than a companion volume to the 2013 semidocumentary of the same title... this vibrant book stands on its own as a source of inspiration." —Booklist, Starred review

"This book must not be missed as it will be an award-winner." —VOYA, Starred review

"A vivid, heartrending portrait of resilience in the face of tremendous obstacles; a closing section details ways readers can take action." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780553511468
ISBN-10: 0553511467
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
Pages: 208
Language: English