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Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  43 reviews
A perfect tool for young readers as they grow into the leaders of tomorrow, Veronica Chambers’s inspiring collection of profiles—along with Senator Cory Booker’s stirring foreword—will inspire readers of all ages to stand up for what’s right.

You may only be one person, but you have the power to change the world.

Before they were activists, they were just like you and me. Fr
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by HarperCollins
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This collection of 35 biographical profiles introduces young readers to a diverse range of heroes who stood up against injustice. Sometimes, I found this book profoundly moving, but I cannot recommend it, because the author omitted and misrepresented facts in some of the chapters. Biographical sketches that span three to five pages can only contain so much information; however, if you undertake the project of educating children about history's heroes, you have a responsibility to include and fac ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a terrific introduction to themes of social justice for YA readers (or middle-grade listeners), spanning centuries of resistance ranging from Joan of Arc and Martin Luther to the women's marchers and students of Parkland, Fla.

Each biography is no more than two or three pages, which is both the book's strength and weakness. On the one hand, this allows children – and adults! – to easily grasp the life and importance of figures they might not learn about in school such as Ida B. Wells or O
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a digital review copy through Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.

This brief, collected biography includes not only common, household names from history, but lesser-known people as well (a few I had not heard of before). While it's always nice to read about the usual important people, it is refreshing to read about other courageous people I probably never would have otherwise. Overall, a decent collection of biographies of tenacious people.
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Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful introduction to many historical figures and their contributions to society. The author chose a diverse group of people to highlight, with beautiful portraits of them before each chapter. At the end of each chapter, I wanted just a little bit more information about the heroes, and I’m happy that the author provided additional information at the end of the book - books, movies, and podcasts are included. I realize this is a book for middle grade/young adult, but I think there c ...more
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In addition to the Covid 19 pandemic, my country is now rocked by the horrendous killing of George Floyd, the most recent death of too many deaths of young black people killed by racists, both police and civilian. In support of the protests, several news sites have published lists of books that parents, teachers, and grandmothers like me, can use with children to help them understand. This book, Resist, was on one of those lists.

The author has picked 35 people, predominately but not exclusively
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It has a variety of diverse biographies about people who have resisted injustice throughout history. I like how it included people I had not heard of before and included more recent people. A perfect book for the classroom :)
It's always great to learn about these amazing and inspiring people again and again! ...more
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is a nice overview of people throughout history and from several different cultures who fought against various forms of oppression. Several of these stories have rather sad, even tragic endings that the author tends to gloss over or skip altogether in pursuit of the greater thesis on the power of resistance. This book is definitely middle reader, and not YA. This is a 5th-6th grade level book. As such, it is a great introduction to its concept, and does a good job of being inclusive of ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I have never wanted to get a book removed from a library before, but because this book is supposed to be historical and is also geared for middle grades, and was also featured at my local branch, I’m actually concerned that it’s misinformation. How can you even talk about Black Lives Matter without mentioning police violence or white supremacy? And also erase Trayvon’s murder? And then have a whole paragraph about All Lives Matter and “reverse racism.”

How do you feature Janet Mock but not explai
Lollie George
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Many students, however, will be turned off at the idea of reading about 35 different people who aren't pop stars. I love the main theme of "resistance" and the way Veronica Chambers ties together people whose lives span almost 600 years, and dozens of countries of the world. The 35 lives are presented in chronological order. Each biographical sketch is 2-3 pages in length. Beautiful charcoal-like portraits begin each persons chapter, but Paul Ryding the illustrator is ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fun, timely nonfiction! Each chapter chronologicals revolutionaries from Joan of Arc (one of my faves) to the women in the Women's March, other standout chapters included Galileo, Lozen the Apache Warrior, Queen Liliuokalani, Malala Yousafzai, and Mariam Makeba. I especially liked the resist lessons at the end of each chapter, like "The people who want to do good are the real majority. Troublemakers make up just a handful of all the people in the world," from The Dalai Lama chapter and "In fores ...more
Dan Allbery
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
One voice can shake the earth.

The books we read can change our lives--and the world.

You are not too young.

Resist is such a fitting text for the time we are living in. There are so many things I appreciate about this book. It is an opportunity to help young minds get their feet wet. A dip into what is resistance and why it is invaluable, both historically and today. These short profile pieces are great entry points for young people to get a snapshot of "good trouble[makers]" that could possibly b
Mr. Cochran
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
What I appreciate most about this collection is its balance. It features the profiles of well-known historical figures such as Susan B. Anthony, Mohandas Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr., but also lesser-known figures such as Lozen the Apache Warrior, Chiune Sugihara, and Wangari Maathai. Resisters are fighting against discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, as well as fighting for the right to be educated, the right to vote, or the right to fair representatio ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Resist by Veronica Chambers offers 35 short summaries of ways that ordinary people stood up to injustice. Chambers organizes her book chronologically and usually spends 2-4 pages per resister.

Although reading short biographical pieces on different people isn't in my reading wheelhouse, I really appreciated all of the parallels that Chambers was able to highlight in resistors from Samuel Adams to Sitting Bull to Ghandi to Chavez to Garza, Cullors, and Tometi. She highlighted the idea that anyone,
Angela King
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Grades 3-6
This book includes powerful short biographies of some of the most inspiring people this Earth has known... from Joan of Arc, to Fredrick Douglas, to Lozan the Apache Warrior. Each of the bio's are paired with a quote, a moral, and a # if students want to connect with others that were inspired by the same person over the internet.

This book could be a great jumping off place for students to become inspired by, research, and learn more about these brave men and women. Following s
I wish I could recommend this, but it is difficult to do that when there are no citations for the information presented. In addition, it is a very rose-colored glasses book. With Joan of Arc, readers find out that she was burned at the stake, but multiple other people were assassinated and that is never mentioned. I know that would take a bit of the shine off for those thinking about resisting, but it just really seemed that should be part of the stories. There are some amazing people highlighte ...more
Mary Thomas
I logged in, anticipating giving a 5 star review because of how much I enjoyed this book, and then I read a review about some of the misrepresentations and falsehoods in the book. Eek. Well, I'm still giving it five stars because I liked the varied selection of people well-known and obscure, from all walks of life. I'd like to have my sons listen to some if not all of these to give them a quick snapshot into heroic people's lives. We could also pick some to research or read about more in depth. ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
While I did enjoy this book as an introduction to these people and I did find it inspiring, I wasn't a fan of how some of the profiles were written. A few had a "happy ever after" feel to them, and some just didn't seem to make a lot of sense as to why that person was, they were just written so vaguely and it made me wonder why the author even chose those people if she wasn't going to add a bit more about why they resisted.
I do plan on reading more about the people featured in
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This is good for an introduction, but it does feel lacking. I kept waiting for Marsha P Johnson to be mentioned, and for IdleNoMore. The mention of the the Million Women March and history of women marches... but no mention of #MMIW... I know the history of resisting is large and you can't include everything or everyone but... to open with Joan of Arc and exclude the more timely and relevent... It feels off. Would still recommend for students, but with the added recommendation to look into these ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Inspiring book with a good choice of subjects. The forward by Cory Booker was excellent. Each profile provided just enough information to make the reader want to learn more. I really enjoyed the quotes at the end of each section, particularly Fannie Lou Hamer's p. 132 "Our vote is one of the most valuable things we own." I was a little surprised that the entries for Harvey Milk, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X did not mention their deaths by assassination. ...more
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I listened to this as an audiobook with my kids in the car. I loved the 35 stories of courageous humans from all over the world. It’s kid friendly, really, it’s written for late elementary schoolers. Of the characters I knew, I really appreciated the message. I have read that some folks would have appreciated more details on certain characters. Either way, I think it’s a great introduction to the Resistors for kids!! As always, I learned something new as an adult reading with my kid!!
Anne Schmitt
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Must read for middle school students to have role models to make a difference! What a diverse group of activists. It highlights people students may not know in an engaging way. For each chapter, it gives an appropriate amount of background knowledge on the person and the injustice they fought. Every chapter ends with a resist lesson that readers can take and apply to their lives.
Aug 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book has inaccurate information and is wrought with bias. Because of this, I highly caution purchasing it. Some of the biographical summaries are misleading or the facts are wrong. One chapter includes historic information on nine Washington DC marches prior to the 2017 Women’s March but failed to mention the March for Life, which has occurred every year since 1974; Martin Luther did not believe forgiveness should be earned; Archbishop Oscar Romero did not preach or embrace liberation theol ...more
Patti Sabik
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, non-fiction
I appreciated the chronology of the biographies and how they tied into one another. I’m not sure what prompted the selection of these individuals over others that I could think of, but the selection is good. The book focuses on issues surrounding race, LGBTQIA+, worker’s rights, women’s right to vote, education, freedom of religion to name a few. A solid compilation of important change makers.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1st-quarter
I thought that this book was really good. I really liked learning about many important people, and what they did. I liked how there were so many people and how each story was short. This was a great book that taught a lot of lessons.
Tiffany MacSlarrow
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book. I enjoyed the short story format & the ”lesson learned” at the end of each. And while I did learn plenty, my girls weren't into it. it was not my favorite ”read aloud ” choice. Perhaps when they're older? ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cybils, junior, dnf, reviewed
Very inspiring stories. I hope teen/tweens find their way to this book.
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
35 profiles of extraordinary leaders and how they led the charge of the resistance.
Alana "Loni"
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I like the people profiled, and the different forms of resistance, but it seems weird that so many of these people literally were killed for their beliefs and these deaths aren't mentioned? ...more
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Veronica Chambers is a prolific author, best known for her critically acclaimed memoir, Mama’s Girl, which has been course adopted by hundreds of high schools and colleges throughout the country. The New Yorker called Mama’s Girl “a troubling testament to grit and mother love… one of the finest and most evenhanded in the genre in recent years.” Born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, Ms. Chambers' ...more

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