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"When saying no is the right thing to do. "Sometimes it's okay to ignore the rules or break the law. In fact, it's essential This thought-provoking book features people who did just that: Sophie and Hans Scholl, siblings who distributed antigovernment pamphlets in Nazi Germany; and Andrei Sakharov, who helped develop the nuclear bomb in Cold War Russia, but then spoke out"When saying no is the right thing to do. "Sometimes it's okay to ignore the rules or break the law. In fact, it's essential This thought-provoking book features people who did just that: Sophie and Hans Scholl, siblings who distributed antigovernment pamphlets in Nazi Germany; and Andrei Sakharov, who helped develop the nuclear bomb in Cold War Russia, but then spoke out against its use.Some, like Rosa Parks, were not originally in positions of political power but came out of the ranks of regular citizens to stand up for human rights. Others, like Oscar Romero, archbishop of El Salvador, used their power to change the status quo.Also included are Helen Suzman, a South African member of parliament who fought apartheid; Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent years under house arrest for protesting the dictatorship in Burma; and the people of Egypt, who recently brought down the repressive government of Hosni Mubarak.These inspirational profiles of people who followed their moral compass make for riveting stories as well as excellent starting points for discussions about ethics and morality....

Title : People Who Said No: Courage Against Oppression
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ISBN : 9781554513833
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 172 Pages
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People Who Said No: Courage Against Oppression Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-14 13:29

    People Who Said No makes for an inspiring portrait of individuals and groups who stood up to government sanctioned oppression. A short and easy read, it is well worth the time it takes to get through.While the book does cover people as well known in North America as Rosa Parks, it also covers people who have garnered less attention here, such as Helen Suzman. Featuring multiple winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, it definitely looks at those who made big stands for what they believe in, including those who suffered the emotional turmoil of standing alone and even those who lost their lives for what they believed in. Using helpful images and an engaging writing style, Scandiffio provides an excellent glimpse of those who made a difference. Although People Who Said No only covers a few groups and individuals, it does it well.For anyone fighting oppression, this is a must read, a book that may help your courage. For those who disagree with oppression but have yet to stand up to it, this is even more of a must read. I recommend it for anyone teenage and up. I would happily read another book from the author.

  • Alicia
    2019-03-17 14:13

    This I read on a plane ride west and completely enjoying the history lesson. The stories include The White Rose (Holocaust/WWII/Hitler), Rosa Parks, Andrei Sakharov (creating the nuclear bomb in Russia), Helen Suzman (apartheid), Oscar Romero (El Salvador, 1970s), Aunt San Suu Kyi (political prisoner in her home for decades in Burma), and Uprising in Egypt about the very recent "people's revolution". Some of them I knew well and others I didn't know anything about, but the common thread are that these people were revolutionaries in their own right, fighting for something and saying NO. Accessible and useful for nonfiction texts!

  • Brittany
    2019-03-06 18:32

    It was so interesting to read overviews of a few worldwide symbols of resistance. I think this book will find a wide audience in the coming years, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

  • Celeste
    2019-03-18 14:15

    This book contains a nice mix of figures commonly covered in children's books, like Rosa Parks, and people like Andrei Sakharov who are less well known among young people. The book covers events up to its publication in 2012. My only critique is that it reads a little too optimistically now.

  • Andrew
    2019-02-28 14:13

    I enjoyed reading the book People Who said No Courage Against Oppression by Laura Scandiffio. This book is mainly about all kinds of people who said “No” when it comes courage against oppression and standing up for whats right. For example Rosa Parks who didn’t give up her seat when the bus driver told her to sit in the back just because she was black. Rosa Parks helped to change rights like Martin Luther King Jr.The stories are told by the author which makes this a third person perspective. The two stories that I think are the best in the book are the stories of Sophie Scholl and Andrei Sakharov. In the story of Sophie Scholl, Sophie Scholl was a young girl who lived in Germany and was one of the Germans who were against Hitler’s anti-Jewish laws. Before that she thought that Hitler was making a safer place and finally getting rid of unemployment, but her father who had always been against Hitler, wanted for his son and daughter to be away from the Hitler Youth, they joined anyway which they hadn’t know that in which Hitler was trying to get children to fight in his war that he already started. Until how Sophie and Hans, Sophie’s brother dislike it because “Why can’t they let anyone think for themselves?” Also discovering out how some of their friends where being arrested by the Gestapo, no one else have known this happening, So she and her brother along with other friends decides to write leaflets that contain information on what’s really actually going on in their country and to notice others that Hitler is making the lives of Jews very unfair and he should be known as a murderer. Thats how Sophie’s perspective on Germany and Hitler occurred. Andrei Sakharov, Soviet scientist helped the Soviet Union with making nuclear bombs to used during World War II but he didn’t know at first how dangerous these bombs were. So when they were dropped, how he realized he was being used and his creations too when it comes testing a nuclear bomb which worked successfully but it killed one soldier who was stuck in a collapsing trench and a little girl hiding in an old bombshell, which Andrei felt that it was his fault that caused their lives to be lost. He thought he was doing it for the good of Russia. I recommend this book for ages 13 and up because below 13 children won't already know some details about the events listed in the book or won't understand about these subjects including World War II. Overall Its really a good book to read.

  • Benjamin
    2019-02-27 12:15

    Ben SimonPeople Who Said No: Courage Against Oppression by Laura ScandiffioWhile reading People Who Said No by Laura Scandiffio, I became very engaged in what was happening in the book. This book, as the title suggests, talks about multiple people throughout history who stood up for what was right during times of oppression and injustice. Instead of being centered around one story or event, it talks about seven different stories around the world from Germany in 1942 to Egypt in 2011. The first story to be told in the book takes place in Germany during WWII and centers around a young woman named Sophie Scholl. She is recognized for her brave efforts in forming a small resistance group called "the White Rose" designed to bring down the Nazi government. Her actions make her a great example of standing up to injustice when others did nothing, and risked her life to achieve freedom for everyone else. The story told from Sophie’s perspective as it gives more insight into the her thoughts, feelings, and point of view. In the beginning when Hitler came to power, Sophie thought that his new form of government would bring greatness to her nation. As her story progresses, she realizes that the Nazi government has been inflicting ruthlessness on the Jews throughout Europe. Like all of the stories in this book, it begins describing the character during a difficult or important experience in their life. Then, the book flashes back to the person's history and the events building up to the experience shown before. Brave people who memorably defied injustice like Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and many others are commemorated in this book. As each story was told, I knew more and more about past events of unrest and tyranny, and felt more and more inspired to take action to injustice.I would recommend this to anyone ages 13 and up. This is because the book can be rather complex and mature. Younger readers may find some things hard to understand or be uncomfortable with reading about. However, this book isn’t too mature and is very full of crucial historic information on different events. The book shows each person’s journey leading up to them battling oppression. After reading, I felt both full of knowledge and full of respect for all the people courageous enough to say no.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-10 14:05

    Have you ever wondered why some people have the courage to stand in the face of oppression while others cower in fear? Have you ever wondered just what it takes to be strong and protest against regimes of terror? Have you ever wondered whether you would have the courage to face down injustice?Laura Scandiffio’s book includes seven stories about seven people (or groups of people) who had the courage to stand up and say “no” to oppression. Scandiffio covers several countries and time periods, from the White Rose of Nazi Germany to the recent Egyptian uprising. My Thoughts: What you will find is a fascinating non-fiction journey. I don’t often read non-fiction for pleasure, but these stories were written through the eyes of each person/group Scandiffio features. While I read, I felt like I got to know the reasons behind each person’s choices and the will it took to stand up when many others weren’t.My blog partner, Ange, asked me if this was a depressing book, but in reality it was very inspiring. It showed the power that one person and one voice can have. It also showed how much inner-strength it takes to overcome your own personal fears in the face of injustice.I could see myself using this book in my classroom—very easily—because of the way each person’s story is told. The pictures and background pages add interest, and I could see my students being fascinated by these true tales of courage.This is one non-fiction book I’ll be adding to my shelves.

  • Fran
    2019-03-01 17:28

    Seven stories of individuals and groups who resisted unjust, oppressive and corrupt governments. “Sometimes it’s okay to ignore the rules or break the law…” The White Rose tells the story of two siblings who distributed anti-government information against Hitler and were imprisoned and killed because of it. The second chapter is about Rosa Parks and her role in the bus boycott. Andrei Sakharov was instrumental in the development of nuclear weapons for Russia, but when he began to question its impact on humanity, he was exiled. Helen Suzman was a member of the South African Parliament and often was the only vote opposing Apartheid laws. In El Salvador, Archbishop Oscar Romero spoke out against the government and military abuse of the poor and lost his life because of it. The final chapter details the 2010 uprisings in Egypt.

  • Teresa Bateman
    2019-02-24 13:15

    What do you do when you see injustice, but it's generally accepted? Do you follow the crowd and keep your head down, or do you stand, even if you stand alone? That's the message of this book as it highlights The White Rose--students who stood against Hitler; Rosa Parks; Andrei Sakharov who recognized the evil that could come from his nuclear research; Helen Suzman, who stood alone against Apartheid; Aung San Suu Kyi, a political prisoner in Burma; and the Egyptian uprising that is still playing out. In clear and compelling text the author presents the context of their acts of rebellion, and the results which, in some cases, took years and in others are on-going. Photographs, when available, accompany the text. This is an inspiring and thought-provoking book that merits a place in all secondary schools.

  • Anne
    2019-03-09 15:27

    Seven inspiring profiles of people who took a moral stand and backed it up through their words and actions. It covers a wide variety of countries around the world all in the last 80 years or so. It includes people like Andrei Sakharov, Oscar Romero, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Sadly, the information on Aung San Suu Kyi is already out of date and incomplete as is the section on the Egyptian uprising in 2011. However, it reads fairly easily considering the political situations and terms used and includes pictures and text boxes for additional clarifying descriptions and information.

  • Me
    2019-03-03 18:15

    Short stories aren't normally my thing, but I loved the stories of each of the people.It continues to amaze me what people do, and I particularly liked the White Rose. I still use their promotional bookmark.

  • Paula
    2019-03-03 13:06

    Awesome book for grades 6 to 8!

  • Clare Cannon
    2019-03-02 15:21


  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-03-25 16:19

    Reviewed professionally.

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    2019-03-06 11:30


  • Soaring Seahawk
    2019-03-16 18:31

    I'm more into romance books but when I started reading it I learned that I couldn't put it down. I completely fell in love with it.