Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World through Writing

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Throughout history, people have picked up their pens and wielded their words--transforming their lives, their communities, and beyond. Now it's your turn! Representing a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, Mightier Than the Sword connects over forty inspiring biographies with life-changing writing activities and tips, showing readers just how much their own words can make a difference. Readers will explore nature with Rachel Carson, experience the beginning of the Reformation with Martin Luther, champion women's rights with Sojourner Truth, and many more. These richly illustrated stories of inspiring speechmakers, scientists, explorers, authors, poets, activists, and even other kids and young adults will engage and encourage young people to pay attention to their world, to honor their own ideas and dreams, and to embrace the transformative power of words to bring good to the world.

"Interactive and inspiring, Mightier Than the Sword celebrates the stories of over forty diverse, trailblazing people whose writing transformed history"

 Having this book in my classroom will be such an amazing tool to use during nonfiction units. This is a great collection of intriguingly written biographies to use for educational purposes and/or to just learn and grow by reading about influential individuals from diverse backgrounds. There are a lot of writing activities that can be pulled from this text as well to use in middle grade/middle school rooms. I truly appreciate the work that Rochelle put in to inspire and empower young writers. 
The work that Rochelle put in is so engaging and takes you smoothly through the lives of historical figures - several you may have never even heard of, but ensuring to pull out the fascinating sides. Ranging from 978 AD to present day. The quotes that Rochelle included in the text are very thought-provoking. 
Themes interwoven include courage, tenacity, inspiring, motivating. 

Some of these reviews are truly impressive: 

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