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Wednesday 13 November 2019

'You can Change the World!' is a book of interviews with inspiring teens - including a boy with dyslexia who has transformed his life.

The book has been written to provide a source of enthusiam, ideas and powerful role models to teenagers. In a world so often obsessed with celebrity, shopping and self-promotion, this shows the true power and potential of young people today.

Author Margaret Rooke asked more than fifty teenagers from across the globe to share their experiences of being volunteers, fundraisers and campaigners, or to talk about the ways they made huge changes to their own lives and communities.

'Happy D' says in the book, "I thought I would be someone who would never learn to read. I thought I had a bad brain... I would say to anyone with dyslexia that you will get the hang of it and, if you are struggling, people will help you."

The other inspirational teens in the book include Amika George, who helped persuade the government to change the law on ‘period poverty’ in schools, and Lucy Gavaghan, who at 14 successfully led the campaign to persuade Tesco and other supermarkets to stop stocking eggs from caged birds.

The teens explain how they raise awareness of the issues they care about and how they’ve improved their own lives and others’; from upcycling clothes for the homeless, preserving Britain’s beaches and founding a football team for children with disabilities. Zainab thought she’d always be the class clown but now channels her energy into helping rebellious kids as a youth worker at her old school, while Amarni stepped away from the fringes of gang violence and now inspires a group of other teens to focus on their love of music.

The book has just won a gold award in the USA: the Moonbeam Children's Book Award in the multi-cultural non-fiction category.

“When a teenager has a clear desire to make a change for themselves or their community, with the right support they achieve exactly this,” says author Margaret Rooke.

At £12.99, this remarkable book will be a great Christmas present for any young person who wants to change their own lives or the wider world we live in.

Margaret is also the author of bestselling books 'Dyslexia is my Superpower (Most of the Time)' and 'Creative, Successful, Dyslexic. 23 High Achievers Share Their Stories'. All three books are available in Waterstones, local bookshops and online.