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Nonfiction Ages 12+
Pages: 144
Themes: social media, paper dress, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, community, fundraising
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 12/09/2017
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Can Your Smartphone Change the World? is a twenty-first-century guide for anyone who has access to a smartphone. This how-to manual looks at specific ways you can create social change through the tap of a screen. Filled with examples of successful hashtag campaigns, viral videos and new socially conscious apps, the book provides practical advice for using your smartphone as a tool for social justice.

This is the first book in the PopActivism series, which includes Can Your Outfit Change the World? and Can Your Conversations Change the World? (coming fall 2018).

Canadian Children's Book News - May 1, 2018
"No matter your passion, there is something to attract nearly every reader…Whether you are social-media savvy or looking to make a small impact with your wallet, Paisley's popactivist pieces offer an array of ways to change the world, one click at a time."
Canadian Teacher - January 30, 2018
"Can Your Smartphone Change the World? is a wonderful resource to use with upper intermediate and high school grades to promote leadership skills…Many great conversations can be started after reading this book."
Resource Links - October 23, 2017
"Paisley encourages readers to get involved. Her Pop Quiz pages suggest ways to get started. This highly recommended book is a must for every Intermediate library. Imagine how a group of kids from your school could use the ideas to change the world."
CM Magazine - September 11, 2017
"Teens tired of hearing the complaint, 'You're always glued to your phone', will find this first entry in the PopActivism series to be vindicating and inspiring. Highly Recommended."
Mackin, Books in Bloom blog - September 11, 2017
"Hand this book to your teens or anyone who could use some positive inspiration on how to make a difference in the world."
Quill & Quire - August 25, 2017
"Both a how-to for getting your socially conscious voice heard online, and a love letter to others who have proven it can be done."
School Library Connection - August 22, 2017
"Written in simple, appealing language, there is something for everyone in this small but mighty book."
School Library Journal - July 25, 2017
"This DIY activism series will find a wide audience with digital media fanatics in search of a raison d'etre. These stories about kids who used art, fashion, music, and media to spread a political message of empathy and altruism will inspire readers to use that powerful device stored in their pockets for good. A fabulous addition to nonfiction collections."
Publishers Weekly - July 22, 2017
"Striking a casual but persuasive tone, Paisley demonstrates that fighting for one's beliefs can be fun, creative, and effective—especially when social media is involved."
Kirkus Reviews - June 5, 2017
"In brief, clear chapters, augmented with plentiful photos, pull quotes, and pop quizzes that pose questions and conversation starters, [Erinne] employs an upbeat conversational tone in addressing her audience. Her blend of personal story, tips, and information will appeal to activism-minded teens...Older preteens and teens will find plenty of inspiration here."

Awards

Resource Links The Year's Best  | 2017 | Commended
CCBC Best Books  | 2018 | Commended

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