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Follow the Moon Home: A Book that Encourages Young Social Activists

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Follow the Moon Home: A tale of one idea, twenty kids, and hundred sea turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson maybe a long title, but the book is a quick and delightful read for kids.

Follow the Moon Home

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” 
-The Lorax 

The magic of young social activists

How many kids think it would be so cool to see a baby sea turtle hatch and waddle over the sandy beach to the ocean, their home? I still think that’s cool! and Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson tell this wonderful story about one girl, with the help of her friend, classmates, and community, who made a difference and saved hundreds of baby sea turtles by spreading awareness in their community about turning off the lights along the beach.
This book does a wonderful job of encouraging young social activists to take part in the world around them. Many kids think that they can’t make a difference. But that’s not true! There are kids all over the world who are making a difference in the world. Vivienne and her classmates are one example of that in their work with the baby sea turtles, based on a real project in South Carolina, which now claims the Loggerhead Turtle as its state reptile.
In the back of the book, the authors provide an action plan for any young social activist who wants to make a change and doesn’t know where to start.
  • Identify something you want to change
  • Make a plan
  • Take action
  • Think back, keep a journal
  • Tell your story, let other kids be inspired by your work!
 Loggerhead turtles
The book also has some great suggestions for learning more about Loggerheads and other sea turtles.
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Follow the Moon Home

Hannah RialsHANNAH RIALS: A Maryville native and current college student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Hannah began writing her first novel at age twelve. Eight years later, the result was her YA novel Ascension; a modern-day teenage romance filled with “double-blooded” vampires and revenge-seeking witches. Ascension has already garnered high praise and several notable awards including a First Place 2016 Purple Dragonfly award and a prestigious GOLD award in IBPA Ben Franklin Awards, Children/YA-New Voices. When not spending time with her family, Hannah leads a creative writing group and is busy writing the next YA novel in the Cheyanne Lane series. Connect with Hannah on FacebookTwitter and via her website.

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