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Mya's Strategy to Save the World

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Twelve-year-old Mya Parsons could save the world and organize her family, if only she had her own cell phone. A Dork Diaries for today's socially conscious young readers.

Mya Parsons runs her school's social justice club with her best friend, Cleo. Her lifelong desire is to work for the United Nations and change the world, and then bask in all the ensuing adulation. Her
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Puffin Books
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Ms. Yingling
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

When Mya's grandmother falls ill in Myanmar, her mother heads to her side to take care of her, leaving Mya, her younger sister Nanda, and their father to hold down the fort at home. Their father is not the best cook, so they eat a lot of toaster strudels and ramen noodles, and laundry and house cleaning are not necessarily up to standard. Mya is very involved in her schools Kids for Social Justice group, helping to run the meetings and coming up with fund raisers
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to NetGalley and Puffin Books for an eARC of this book.

Mya is convinced she has what it takes to join the United Nations and help fix all the world's problems...just as soon as she figures out how to fix her own. First, she needs to convince her parents to buy her a cell phone. Next, she needs to survive her mom's absence while she's in Myanmar caring for her grandmother, followed by babysitting some neighbourhood troublemakers, her best friend's new boyfriend, her partner on a class
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: diversity, family, j-fic
3.5 stars

I liked this book overall, it kind of reminded me Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging. But I wasn't crazy about how Mya was so against talking about her period. While that may happen, I think it would be been powerful to show that she was able to take charge of that and appreciate what her body does naturally. Tall order for a teen going through puberty but just not so much of the this is the worst thing ever and I can't talk to anyone about this.
Sonia Donelli
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it

Il mio piano per salvare il mondo di Tanya Lloyd Kyi, libro per ragazzi pubblicato da Rizzoli il 5 novembre.

Ogni volta mi domando se sia normale che, in alcuni casi, riescano a prendermi maggiormente le storie per ragazzi rispetto a quelle per adulti e ogni volta mi rispondo che sì, probabilmente sono ancora un po ragazzina e questa cosa non riuscirà mai a levarmela nessuno. La narrativa per ragazzi è un porto sicuro perché racconta esperienze che tutte
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it

Entertaining with the tiniest hint of romance, a strong sense of humor, and a girl with wonderfully strong opinions.

A phone would make it ever so much easier to spread the word about the causes most dear to Myas socially conscious heart, and no cause is more dear than her best friend, who seems to be slipping further and further away with every text. But proving shes responsible enough to own a cell phone is a tall order when it means minding her pain of a sister, babysitting the most
Jill Jemmett
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! Mya has an easygoing, simple way of narrating, which made the story a quick read.

Mya is a great character. She has a good heart, but she also has flaws. Her dream is to work in the United Nations, so she spends a lot of her time researching social justice issues throughout the world. Her mother is in Myanmar during the story, so she has a close relation to things that are happening there. At the same time, Mya doesnt always treat everyone fairly. She could be selfish
Cheriee Weichel
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, how can you not love a book that starts like this.
There are two types of people in the world: those who sleep with tissue boxes on their bedside tables, and those who pick their noses before bed and wipe their boogers on the sheets. I am the first type. My sister, Nanda, is the second.
I adored this book. Mya is a fabulous character. She is an activist in her elementary school with a goal of getting a joy with the UN and saving the world. In the meantime, she leads her schools Kids
Susan Hassman
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mya's Strategy to Save the World
by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

12 year old Mya Parsons has a grand ambition : become a U. N. negotiator, bring the world together and win the Nobel Peace Prize. She and her best friend Cleo create Kids for Social Justice to start working toward world peace and life is moving according to plan when, suddenly, Cleo gets a cell phone and everything changes. Mya is on the outside as Cleo starts texting and hanging around with kids, and (gasp) DATING!

As if that isn't enough, Mya's
Lee Födi
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book tackles social consciousness without getting preachy or offering any trite or easy solutions to significant world issues. Mya wants to save the world but her rampant desire to provoke change is contrasted with (and challenged by) her very personal desire to have a cell phone. The insatiable desire to have a cell phone is obviously something every middle school student will relate to; I know my students will be hooked by this plot line, and I can't wait to share this book with them.
I really enjoyed this story. One thing that bothered me was when Mya was emailing her mom we never read mom's responses. Did mom not respond? Or did she answer Mya when she called? Sometimes Mya would mention mom's 'answer' but I felt like mom wasn't as involved as she could have been. Unless that was the author's intend to show how it was without mom home. This would be a great read aloud too. I am looking forward to the sequel (hint, hint).
Danielle Hammelef
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun middle grade book focusing on family dynamics, coming of age, friendship trials and what it means to be forgiving and accepting of others, especially when they are changing too. I laughed out loud many times while reading and found Mya to be a likable, authentic preteen who wants to do more in life and has set goals and is working towards them already. The characters are well done and I found some new recipes inside to try.
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Funny, original, and quick read for upper elementary readers. Mya is a really likeable (and believable) protagonist, with a kid's determination to save the world AND an equally matched obsession with getting a cell phone. Some of the details the author includes are hilarious, like Mya's family's self-censoring of words that include "ass" (like assistance = beepsistance, and asparagus = beepsparagus). Plus recipes!
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of upbeat, diverse MG
I really enjoyed Mya's Strategy to Save the World. The proactive MC, the unique format, the balanced handling of tough topics and Mya's identity, the strong family focus... great!
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
For any girl going through life, body, and school changes, especially those interested in social activism. [Kirkus Reviews] ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I related with Mya sooooo much.
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Tanya writes both fiction and non-fiction, often choosing topics related to science, pop culture, or social historyor a combination of the three. She enjoys combining factual research with intriguing narratives, or the life stories of interesting folks.

In her spare time, Tanya likes to run, bake, and read. Her favourite meal is breakfast, her favourite color is blue, and her favourite childrens

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