Here I Stand: Stories that Speak for Freedom

Edited by Amnesty International UK

A varied and thought-provoking collection of short stories and poems for teens with a conscience, with striking cover illustrations by award-winning children’s laureate Chris Riddell

With contributions from Frances Hardinge, Sarah Crossan, Matt Haig, Neil Gaiman and many more. Did you know that ... government spies can turn on your phone and use the microphone to listen to your conversations? ... that lesbian and gay relationships are illegal in 78 countries and can be punished by death? ... that Amnesty recently recorded the highest number of executions globally for more than 25 years? Through short stories and poetry, twenty-five leading authors and illustrators explore the top human rights issues facing young people today. Now is the time to take a stand and make a difference. Full list of contributors: Tony Birch, John Boyne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Kate Charlesworth, Sarah Crossan, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, Ryan Gattis, Matt Haig, Frances Hardinge, Jackie Kay, AL Kennedy, Liz Kessler, Elizabeth Laird, Amy Leon, Sabrina Mahfouz, Chelsea Manning, Chibundu Onuzo, Bali Rai, Chris Riddell, Mary and Bryan Talbot, Christie Watson and Tim Wynne-Jones.

Categories: Anthology

For readers aged: 12+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406358384
  • Published: 04 Aug 2016
  • Price: £10.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 320

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Customer reviews


'A thought-provoking collection of short stories and poems, celebrating freedoms or quietly mourning their loss... It has the force of several one-inch punches, delivered without pause.' The Guardian

'groundbreaking compendium [...] It combines beauty with reality and hope with despair in a way that provokes discussion about human rights, in a highly readable format that will engage even the most reluctant or least academic. [...] exploring these pages is even more highly recommended, as awareness is the most powerful weapon.' Bianca's Book Blog

'Here I Stand includes short stories and poems which explore some of the most important human rights issues facing young people today,'

'They are not always easy to read, but read them we should, for the close our eyes to reality means we are living in a fools' paradise. Never think you can do nothing, there are petitions, people to write to, to talk to.' Newbury Weekly News

'This powerful book [...] Here I Stand will leave you with plenty to think about.' The Week Junior

'Reading them [the stories] was both compelling and repelling - I was drawn into each narrative, but I was saddened that humans were still enduing such suffering, and I felt helpless about what I could do. buying this book is a start, as all royalties go to Amnesty International, which works to protect human rights around the world.' Juno

'“This volume represents a most laudable project”' The School Librarian

'“This is an amazing book. It sends out a real message that we all deserve freedom and the right to choice. I loved how each story was different. […] It highlights the power of books to change lives.”' Teen Titles, reader review

'“A valuable message is forcefully conveyed. No doubt a useful source book for stressing the value of civil rights and personal freedom and the importance of safeguarding them.”' SLA

'Here I Stand is a compelling collection of stories, poems and graphic narratives commissioned by Amnesty to explore different aspects of our human rights. […] each contribution presents a human rights issue in a thought-provoking and original way'

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