Yet another excellent book of stories on human rights hits shelves.
Here I stand is a collection of stories and poems on subjects which although written for children are quite hard hitting. It appeared in the Times on Monday as their Children’s Book of the Week but unlike many of the recent amnesty picture books this is not for the little ones. It has a 12+ recommendation covers issues from gender and race to exploitation and bullying.
Twnty five leading authors and illustrators have taken on the topics and the results are often intense.
John Boyne, well know for The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas opens with Harvester Road, a hard hitting collection of stories on abuse. Where we here from Damien, age 8 about his step father bedtime ‘games’ and Melissa, age 26 on her fascination with ‘innocent’ young boys.
Mary and Bryan Talbot and Kate Charlesworth plunge us into Deeds Not Words a short graphic novel telling the tale of the suffragettes Constance Lyttonn and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence .
Amy Leon, a New York actress, poet and singer confronts us with Black/White a poem on a black boy and white boy growing up into Men and the different expectations and judgements they face in todays world.
There are many other offerings, all poignant, interesting and somewhat shocking. This book is both a celebration of the rights we have but also a lament of how far there is still to go.
We’ll have copies in the shop from 4th August 2016. You can also buy them on the Amnesty website.