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People Who Said No: Courage Against Oppression

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When saying no is the right thing to do. 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 a ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published June 21st 2012 by Annick Press
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Elizabeth
People Who Said No makes for an inspiring portrait of individuals and groups who stood up to government sanctioned oppression. A short and easy read, it is well worth the time it takes to get through.

While the book does cover people as well known in North America as Rosa Parks, it also covers people who have garnered less attention here, such as Helen Suzman. Featuring multiple winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, it definitely looks at those who made big stands for what they believe in, including
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Alicia
This I read on a plane ride west and completely enjoying the history lesson. The stories include The White Rose (Holocaust/WWII/Hitler), Rosa Parks, Andrei Sakharov (creating the nuclear bomb in Russia), Helen Suzman (apartheid), Oscar Romero (El Salvador, 1970s), Aunt San Suu Kyi (political prisoner in her home for decades in Burma), and Uprising in Egypt about the very recent "people's revolution". Some of them I knew well and others I didn't know anything about, but the common thread are that ...more
Brittany
It was so interesting to read overviews of a few worldwide symbols of resistance. I think this book will find a wide audience in the coming years, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Celeste
This book contains a nice mix of figures commonly covered in children's books, like Rosa Parks, and people like Andrei Sakharov who are less well known among young people. The book covers events up to its publication in 2012. My only critique is that it reads a little too optimistically now.
Andrew
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed reading the book People Who said No Courage Against Oppression by Laura Scandiffio. This book is mainly about all kinds of people who said “No” when it comes courage against oppression and standing up for whats right. For example Rosa Parks who didn’t give up her seat when the bus driver told her to sit in the back just because she was black. Rosa Parks helped to change rights like Martin Luther King Jr.

The stories are told by the author which makes this a third person perspective. T
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Ben Simon
People Who Said No: Courage Against Oppression by Laura Scandiffio

While reading People Who Said No by Laura Scandiffio, I became very engaged in what was happening in the book. This book, as the title suggests, talks about multiple people throughout history who stood up for what was right during times of oppression and injustice. Instead of being centered around one story or event, it talks about seven different stories around the world from Germany in 1942 to Egypt in 2011.

The first s
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Rachel
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wondered why some people have the courage to stand in the face of oppression while others cower in fear? Have you ever wondered just what it takes to be strong and protest against regimes of terror? Have you ever wondered whether you would have the courage to face down injustice?

Laura Scandiffio’s book includes seven stories about seven people (or groups of people) who had the courage to stand up and say “no” to oppression. Scandiffio covers several countries and time periods, from
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Fran
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seven stories of individuals and groups who resisted unjust, oppressive and corrupt governments. “Sometimes it’s okay to ignore the rules or break the law…” The White Rose tells the story of two siblings who distributed anti-government information against Hitler and were imprisoned and killed because of it. The second chapter is about Rosa Parks and her role in the bus boycott. Andrei Sakharov was instrumental in the development of nuclear weapons for Russia, but when he began to question its im ...more
Teresa Bateman
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What do you do when you see injustice, but it's generally accepted? Do you follow the crowd and keep your head down, or do you stand, even if you stand alone? That's the message of this book as it highlights The White Rose--students who stood against Hitler; Rosa Parks; Andrei Sakharov who recognized the evil that could come from his nuclear research; Helen Suzman, who stood alone against Apartheid; Aung San Suu Kyi, a political prisoner in Burma; and the Egyptian uprising that is still playing ...more
Anne
Seven inspiring profiles of people who took a moral stand and backed it up through their words and actions. It covers a wide variety of countries around the world all in the last 80 years or so. It includes people like Andrei Sakharov, Oscar Romero, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Sadly, the information on Aung San Suu Kyi is already out of date and incomplete as is the section on the Egyptian uprising in 2011. However, it reads fairly easily considering the political situations and terms used and include ...more
Me
Short stories aren't normally my thing, but I loved the stories of each of the people.

It continues to amaze me what people do, and I particularly liked the White Rose. I still use their promotional bookmark.
Paula
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Awesome book for grades 6 to 8!
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I'm more into romance books but when I started reading it I learned that I couldn't put it down. I completely fell in love with it.
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Laura Scandiffio was born in Germany but grew up in Ottawa. As a child, she loved reading, drawing, and painting. She and her friends put on plays and created make-believe games in which they could pretend to be someone else. All this imagination came out in the stories Laura wrote when she was young. She has been writing ever since.

Today, Laura lives in an old house in Toronto with her husband an
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