RISE UP: ORDINARY KIDS WITH EXTRAORDINARY STORIES, by Amanda Li, Illustrated by Amy Blackwell, Andrews McMeel Publishing


“An inspirational book telling the tales of 29 amazing children. Children who have triumphed, overcome and persevered. Children who would put most grown ups to shame!” – Konnie Huq

This book tells the stories of girls and boys from around the world and the challenges they have faced and overcome.

It features over 29 tales of amazing young girls and boys who have achieved the unimaginable – from surviving a plane crash in the jungle to striking against climate change. There are tales of triumphing over illness and injury, and of overcoming bullying. Entries include Greta Thunberg, Boyan Slat and Phiona Mutesi, to name a few.

Each incredible story is narrated in an exciting and engaging style, and is combined with visually stunning illustrations by Amy Blackwell. Children can lose themselves in the remarkable true-life tales of ingenuity, courage and commitment.

Practical tips and skills accompany every entry, from how to deal with altitude sickness to how to be more green. They provide children with an exciting springboard and the confidence to apply the knowledge to their own life situations – now and in the future.

A perfect gift for every fearless child you know, these empowering stories show that no matter who you are, how old you are, and what you do, you can rise to the challenge.

Out September 2019


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Filled with extraordinary young people and their passions, rising above challenging situations, engineering incredible solutions to existing problems regarding climate change, and so much more. Each left their mark on the world in impressive ways.

Many ethnicities are included, along with differing ages and situations. It goes to show that heroes come in all shapes, sizes and forms.

Very engaging and informative, with snippets of how to’s, and, plenty of incredible facts making you want more. I enjoyed searching for more information after reading bits about each amazing individuals. This book shows that kids can do remarkable things too. Illustrated effectively to help with the book’s engagement with the reader.

I loved all the additional extras that also offered great insights and how to’s for the reader.

This “Rise Up” series is proving to be exactly what I’d hoped it would be and can’t wait to get my hands on the next one.

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