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The Struggle to Go to School

by Laura Scandiffio

Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association Eric Hoffer Award, Honorable Mention Best Books for Kids & Teens 2017, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Norma Fleck Award finalist for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction 2018 Red Cedar Non-fiction Award nomination Silver Birch Award nomination, Ontario Library Association Golden Oak Award nomination, Ontario Library Association

The heroic efforts of people fighting for children’s right to an education.

In many countries around the world, universal access to education is a seemingly unattainable dream; however, determined individuals with vision and drive have made this dream come true for many.

Fight to Learn highlights people such as Okello, a former child soldier in Uganda, who founded a school for children like him whose education was derailed by war; Chicago teen Deonte Tanner, who changed one high school’s culture from guns and gangs to talking and learning; Shannen Koostachin, a feisty 13-year-old Cree whose fight for the right of First Nations children to have proper schools endured even after her untimely death.

The uplifting stories of people who were undeterred in their fight to bring education to children will leave young readers with excellent models of how to mobilize support when fighting for a cause you believe in.


“This is a fascinating and frightening examination of international education issues; a solid addition for libraries wanting more titles on education or social justice.”
—School Library Journal, *starred review, 06/16

“Inspiring stories.”
—Booklist, 07/01/16

“These uplifting stories . . . will leave young readers with excellent models of how to mobilize support when fighting for social justice.”
—Independent Publisher, 09/16

“An excellent addition to public and school libraries.”
—VOYA, 10/16

“A heartbreaking and awe-inspiring read.”
—CM Reviews, 11/18/16

“A remarkable read. Accessible and inspiring . . . it will provide incentive for much discussion in any classroom.”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 08/24/17

“Highly visual and clearly organized.”
—Canadian Children’s Book News, Fall/16

—VOYA, 04/17

“An inspiring book for young readers.”
—Resource Links, 04/17

“Vivid photography and a clear, accessible writing style.”
—ETFO Voice, Summer/17

“An inspiring call to action.”
—Interesting Nonfiction for Inquisitive Kids, 10/11/17

“Scandiffio has gathered together inspiring stories of activists fighting for proper education around the globe.”
—Canadian Teacher Magazine, Winter/18