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Allies by Shakirah Bourne, Dana Alison Levy


Shakirah Bourne, Dana Alison Levy

This book is for everyone. Because we can all be allies.

As an ally, you use your power—no matter how big or small—to support others. You learn, and try, and mess up, and try harder. In this collection of true stories, 17 critically acclaimed and bestselling YA authors get real about being an ally, needing an ally, and showing up for friends and strangers. 

From raw stories of racism and invisible disability to powerful moments of passing the mic, these authors share their truths. They invite you to think about your own experiences and choices and how to be a better ally.

There are no easy answers, but this book helps you ask better questions. Self-reflection prompts, resources, journaling ideas, and further reading suggestions help you find out what you can do. Because we’re all in this together. And we all need allies. 

A portion of the proceeds from this book goes to We Need Diverse Books and The Black Curriculum. 

Selected for Chicago Public Library's BEST OF THE BEST 2021: Informational Books for Older Readers

2021 California Reading Association EUREKA! Excellence in Nonfiction GOLD AWARD WINNER

"This stellar treasury of insightful and varied anecdotes provides readers with invaluable information as they navigate allyship."

School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

"This book is spectacular! This collection of voices are diverse and will inspire you to be a better person. You will feel your heart break and be warmed by these storytellers. This book should be used in classrooms to help students learn about empathy, kindness, and compassion. I guarantee you will learn something from reading this book."

NetGalley Reviewer

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Q&A with the Curators

Hear from Shakirah Bourne and Dana Alison Levy, curators of and contributors to DK's YA title Allies: Real Talk About Showing Up, Screwing Up, and Trying Again, available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook now.

Featuring Contributions from:

Shakirah Bourne Derick Brooks Sharan Dhaliwal Naomi Evans Natalie Evans I.W. Gregorio Lizzie Huxley-Jones Adiba Jaigirdar Brendan Kiely Dana Alison Levy Cam Montgomery Andrea Rogers Aida Salazar A.J. Sass Eric Smith Kayla Whaley Marietta B. Zacker

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