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Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  350 ratings  ·  85 reviews
A full-color book inspired by the documentary film Girl Rising about educating girls across the globe.

Worldwide, over 62 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 h
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published February 2017)
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Grace P
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens
4.5 Stars!

Thank you so much to the publisher for giving me access to the earc on Netgalley! This in no way influenced my review.

Girl Rising is an inspiring and relevant collection of stories about girls who have overcome barriers that I have never dreamed of having to overcome. It is so important that people are aware of the fact that millions of girls aren’t in school just because they are girls. I am so impressed by the strength of these girls and their will to be educated. I learned so much b
Overall, Girl Rising serves as a solid introduction to education issues for girls in developing countries. This is an important matter that desperately needs more discussion, and more work done.

I appreciated that the contextual information was shared, stories about real girls fighting for their education was shared, and in the end they provided more information about what people reading the book could do to help contribute to solutions for the issues in a meaningful way. The writing isn't alway
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism
If you're not planning on reading this, you should watch the documentary! If you're not planning on watching, then this is a great summary of it.

Since this is like a summary of the documentary "Girl Rising" I found it super simple and repetitive at times. I wasn't expecting anything much for the writing because I just wanted to learn about these girls. I think watching the documentary will be enough because observing photos is not enough, I need to hear their voices, watch their faces... Anyways
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I do think the documentary features better storytelling, and while I do understand the critiques of GIRL RISING’s narrative style, I appreciate that it is written with audience accessibility in mind. It is clear that adults will benefit from this information, but adults are not the targeted audience; children are. When I was a child, I would have greatly appreciated any adult writer who took me seriously enough as a thinker and doer to not only address heavy issues with leveled sentence st ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Both the DVD and the book were available at my local public library. I watched the documentary and then read the book, which expands upon the film with stories of other girls and continuations of the girls' stories. I highly recommend this film and book. If you liked I am Malala, Half the Sky, or It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! this is in a similar vein -- real world problem that you can actually do something about. The book is geared toward an older adolescent audience, ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lot of stories of girls around the world being strong and amazing in seeking education in places where intense poverty, incredibly young child marriages and outright violence seek to prevent girls from learning and growing.

It makes a LOT of references to the material from the Girls Rising film though so readers who haven't seen the film will be missing quite a few of these.
Mary Bronson
I thought this such a great book. I love the idea of how Tanya Lee Stone took the documentary movie under the same title and wrote about all the girls from around the world who want to change their lives and all girls in their country. Their stories were so powerful, heartbreaking, and life-changing. All these girls want is an education and a chance to prove they can do more.
mary kosmoski
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
for those teachers looking for short pieces of text to inspire kids (or teach a reading strategy or two), this book is an awesome place to get some ideas. It celebrates the unsung heroine's of our time. It is a quick read for us---great non-fiction for sixth graders. If you use Cambell's Less is More strategies, these work amazingly well. Now-the downside is that you have to type them all!
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Girl Rising
By: Tanya Lee Stone

I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

"When she learned her newborn was a girl, she cried."

I wanted to read this book as it is a companion piece to the movie, "Girl Rising". My daughter's class (7th grade) read "Malala" over the summer and then, during the fall semester, watched this movie. It was revolutionary for her. She was shocked to discover how different life is for girls across the world. It's hard to feel fussy about Pre-Algebr
Stunning! Rich stories and amazing photographs, such a powerful look at the lives of girls that calls for action to make changes. Love the connections made to the arts throughout.
Ms. Kendell
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
Everyone should read this book!


Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This YA read will open your eyes to the struggles and challenges that face girls around the world as they strive to fulfill their dreams and create better lives for themselves and their families. It’s hard not be deeply impacted by these stories, and they push us to examine our own prejudices, stereotypes, and the roles we play raising the next generation of women. I highly suggest this book as a catalyst for change, both for high school students, as well as adults.
Stefanie Kellum
The cause of girls' education is near and dear to my heart and after seeing the Girl Rising documentary and being completely moved by it, I was thrilled to see it would be a book. It's as fantastic as I thought it would be, and I can't wait to order it for our library. I hope it makes a big impact. *I read a digital ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
YA nonfiction, I plan to watch the documentary now that I've read this.
Becky B
Inspired by the documentary Girl Rising this is the story of the challenges girls around the world have in getting education, why education is important for anyone but especially girls, and interviews with girls from around the globe who have overcome huge hurdles to get an education.

Words cannot express how important this book is and how amazing the stories of these girls are. The book focuses on stories of girls who have been rescued from modern-day slavery or child marriage, or who just didn'
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I heard about the book and movie at the same time, so we watched the movie, then I read the book. Both are good, yet a bit slow to start. The book at first seemed very repetitive from the movie, but it does include more stories, as well as updates on what has happened since the film.

I think this is a great book for making us aware of our privilege to have access to free education (as well as adequate housing, food, water, electricity, etc). But it's also very empowering, and hopefully can excite
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the beginning of this book it talked about when you educate a girl she is more likely to get a good job and her baby is more likely to stay alive. It also talked about if you don't educate a girl their baby is more likely to die and they're going to be less healthy and get a worse job. Lastly it also talked about the stakes in general and what happens in girl's life around the world. In the middle of the book it talks about all these girls stories and how hard it was for them to live. In the ...more
Rachel Pusateri
1. Categories/Genres: Non-fiction
2. Copyright date: 2017
3. Estimate of age level of interest: grades 6-12
4. Estimate of reading level: Grades- Grades 7-12
5. Brief description: This book is a follow-up to a movie profiling young females' obstacles to education around the world.
6. 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre: Different than Chance's categorization of non-fiction into works dominated by either text or pictures, this book uses both writing and photographs to communicate the issues o
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Girl Rising has three parts: why girls should and need to be educated; vignettes of several dozen girls from various countries in Africa, South America, and Asia who have overcome great difficulties to obtain an education; and how youths in developed countries can help these girls and others like them to get an education.

Girl Rising would be a good text to share in whole or excerpts of in middle school and 9th grade English, humanities, and/or social studies classroom.

Poignant last lines: "'Peop
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
How can I only rate such a book only 3 stars? I so wanted to get into this book and be inspired and use this to help reading to be better educated about the issues facing young women and girls around the world... I want to advocate for this cause. But his book didn't inspire me.
I hadn't seen the film, so perhaps this made me an outsider and I couldn't access the text in the same way. The language of various stories was very clinical and not emotional. The author repeatedly used phrases like "th
Laura Gardner
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My daughter has access to an education. Girls around the world should all have that opportunity! #girlsrising by @tanya.lee.stone is an essential #nonfiction addition to every middle school and high school library so kids can learn about the obstacles that stand in the way of educating girls around the world like human trafficking, child marriage, and limited access. ~*~*~*~*~*
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 for this excellent book. So much information, gorgeous color photographs and a strong call to action with sugge
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Worldwide, more than 62 million girls are not in school.
There are many barriers that prevent girls from attending schools such as poverty, child marriage, gender discrimination, sex trafficking, and slavery. Despite these hardships, some resilient, determined, and empowered girls are using their voice to change the world.

In Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time meet over 30 girls on their journey to education and empowerment & discover what you can do to help make a change.


Girl Rising is a nonfiction young adult book based on the Girl Rising film, which I now need to see. The book is a compilation of stories of real girls around the world who have persisted in gaining an education despite tremendously difficult odds. The author does a great job setting up the context of the problem: due to human trafficking, child marriage, and desperate poverty, girls are uneducated and vulnerable to exploitation. Modern slavery isn't the only topic covered here, and
Ava Budavari
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book brings awareness to an issue that is far too often ignored: gender inequality worldwide. Through its beautiful photographs and its personal, deeply touching stories, the reader will be inspired to make a difference in the lives of girls all around the world who simply lack the same opportunities as those in first world countries, but have an equal amount of potential. You will realize that you too can make a difference in gender inequality worldwide, because one life changed can impact ...more
Molly Dettmann
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow. This book made me feel like I was on an emotional roller coaster. Each story filled me sadness, anger, hope, and awe. I don't know if I could watch the documentary the book was based off of! I loved the chapter that included information and inspiration for teens reading to be advocates for women's rights and how they could play a part in supporting women all over the world facing such awful violations of human rights. It was hard not to cry during each heartbreaking story. Very powerful rea ...more
Amelia Friess
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Girl Rising is about girls around the world fighting for education and opportunities.

About a month ago I watched part of a documentary called Girl Rising. It was really eye opening and heartbreaking. I found this book, inspired by the film! It includes more personal stories, facts and history.

Girl Rising is a good starter for learning about how young women are treated and how blessed we are to go to school. Although the stories are saddening, many of the girls overcome and heal. There are also
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a nice introduction to women's issues and education around the world. It tells some stories of girls seeking an education and what prevents them from doing so. However, I would have liked to have it go more in depth of the issues, rather than just focus on the surface level. Overall, this would be a great book for schools as a good overview of educational issues for women around the world.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This collection of biographical essays about girls from developing nations who are fighting for their right to education is equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring.

And for a change of pace, the book is based on a documentary of the same name, but with more stories included.

There is an excellent chapter encouraging young people to get involved in activism to make the world a better place. I’m not young, but I’ll be looking for more information about a nonprofit called Room to Read.
Ava Hawkins
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book showed me
hardships kids and women had to go through.I can’t even imagine being 8 years old and being married to a 35 year old man.This makes me feel lucky to live in the country i live in and that nothing should be taken for granted.I know i will never understand what these women have gone through but it makes me feel stronger, and i’m glad people are empowered and standing up for what’s right.Because all humans should be treated equally.
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book and as a teacher feel that think it is a great nonfiction book for middle to high schoolers. The stories have just enough details to help you empathize with their plight and motivate you to want to do something to help make things better for girls/women everywhere. I also really liked how Stone provided several organizations for one to look into to help people like the girls mentioned in the book.
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Tanya Lee Stone is an award-winning author of books for kids and teens. Her work, which includes YA fiction (A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl), picture books (Elizabeth Leads the Way and Sandy's Circus), and nonfiction (Almost Astronauts and The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie) has won national awards such as the ALA's Sibert Medal, SCBWI's Golden Kite Award, YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction, Jane Add ...more

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