How exciting! Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone received a starred review in VOYA Magazine.
VOYA is the only independent library magazine dedicated to young adults. Needless to say, we’re glad to know that they have such amazing things to say about this inspiring book.
Check it out for yourself:
“After seeing the film Girl Rising, Stone could not stop thinking about the journeys of the featured girls. There were girls sold into marriage by their families at ages too young to be legal (some at five years of age). The film’s producers shared their research with her, to which she added her own, resulting in this timely, critically important book highlighting the barriers to female education and advocating for worldwide educational opportunities for girls. Stone describes the Kamlari in Nepal: a celebration of winter’s end and the coming of spring, during which brokers buy young girls for their masters. Nepalese parents believe that this will at least ensure that their daughters will have food, something most cannot offer their children due to extreme poverty.
Stone cites shocking statistics from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime’s “Global Report Trafficking in Persons” about the age, gender, and subjugation type of trafficking victims worldwide. Stone tells the stories of several trafficked girls who managed to escape or were rescued. She introduces the reader to Rani, first sold as a servant at eight years old, then into prostitution at ten at which she “worked” for five years before she escaped into the care of a nongovernmental organization (NGO). Rani’s is just one of many stories Stone uncovers in her masterpiece, which combines the girls’ stories, incredible photography, and Stone’s sensitive, stirring prose. This book must not be missed as it will be an award-winner.
It belongs in every library serving young adults of every age, inspiring each reader to become an activist for girls worldwide.”