Here I Stand Review (Slightly Spoilery)

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From Goodreads

Title: Here I Stand

Author: Many Authors collected by Amnesty International

Rating: 5/5 stars

Page Count: 320 pages

Genre: short stories, freedom, injustice, human rights

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31180736-here-i-stand

Synopsis:

This is a collection of short stories, poems and comic strips all to do with human rights and freedom. These incredibly inspirational stories are from Frances Hardinge, Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell, Matt Haig and many more fantastic authors, illustrators and poets.

HERE IS A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW

I Believe by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

The first story I want to talk about is I Believe by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell. Although this is only a few pages and few words it conveys the most powerful message of all which is about freedom of speech and imagination. It is just so simple but also powerful and beautiful.

The Invention of Peanut Butter by Matt Haig

I really enjoyed this story as it was about a town that lived on peanuts but then someone started to innovate and make peanut butter but someone has been eating more than his fair share I wonder who it could be? He managed to encompass so many issues with just a peanut which is true for modern-day society you take away something essential to our lives and we go into chaos. Beautifully written story with a powerful message.

Stay Home by Sita Brahmachari

It was such a heartbreaking story written with such compassion. It is about a girl who has to support and care for her mother while being a child. It just showed how important it is to support and having family around at hard times but also that we need to do something to help relieve the pressure from these children.

A Suicide Bomber Sits in the Library by Jack Gantos

This story is about this young boy is a suicide bomber and he is just sitting in the library observing and contemplating his task. I cried after reading this story you just felt so much anger and emotion but at the same time there was a beauty in his words.

Bystander by Frances Hardinge

This story is about modern-day witchcraft as this girl is being accused of being a witch and their methods of excommunication are appalling. This was for me a very enlightening story as I knew of it still being around but not to the extent that this story explains. So stunningly written and hopefully will raise a lot of awareness to stop this torture in modern-day life.

Speaking Out for Freedom by Chelsea Manning

This was an interview with Chelsea Manning about how she leaked information she gained from the US army. This interview was so sad but thought-provoking in the way we look at freedom of opinion and expression.

Sludge by Sarah Crossan

It was another heartbreaking story about an oil spill that happens near Rax and Sula’s families homes and it turns their worlds upside down. I loved that she intertwined friendship into the story it gave it so much more depth. This story also made me so angry because there was no responsibility taken by those who made the spill happen. So there is no one sent in to help repair the village so the people of the village have to move on. Not only that but the nature of the village may never repair to its original state. It just shows the devastation of the modern world when help is not given.¬†

 

My Thoughts:

This collection of short stories broke me emotionally and opened my eyes to situations in the world that I had no idea about. They are all beautifully written with such power and depth of understanding. These were just some of my favourite stories but there are many more fabulous stories, poems and comic strip in this book. Hopefully if you read this book it will inspire you to help Amnesty International in any of their projects even the smallest bit helps. I do have to say one more thing Frances Hardinge and Sarah Crossan stories were beautifully written and I really think they should be their next books!

 

If you have read Here I Stand or are wanting to read it and have any questions let me know in the comments below. Also on Amnesty International’s website they have teachers notes for these stories here is the link:

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/here-i-stand

 

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Feburary Book TBR

Hello everyone in keeping with New Schedule for the New Year here is my Book TBR for February:

First on my list is Here I Stand by Amnesty Internation is a collection of short stories and poems on the subject of human rights. I am reading this because on Friday I am going to an event at Waterstones Piccadilly at 7pm-8:30pm which celebrates the books release with authors A.L. Kennedy, Frances Hardinge and Sita Brahmachari  taking about their stories. Here is the link if you wish to come: https://www.waterstones.com/events/here-i-stand-stories-that-speak-for-freedom/london-piccadilly

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31180736-here-i-stand?ac=1&from_search=true

Next I have something I started in January but haven’t had time to finish so its going in the February pile. It is Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land which is a story of a girl who has a serial killer for a mother and she is now in prison and it centres around the girl Milly’s adjustment to her new life and the trial. Its amazing so far!

 

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25365530-good-me-bad-me

Next I have very exciting new release which is Caraval by Stephanie Garber which is a story about two sisters who escape their fathers clutches. I am going to an event on the 20th February which is discussing Caraval with Stephanie Garber and Katherine Webber (another awesome debut author). Here is the link if you want to come: https://www.waterstones.com/events/dark-societies-an-evening-with-stephanie-garber-and-katherine-webber/london-piccadilly

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Next I have Katherine Webber’s debut novel Wing Jones which I am so excited to read it centres around a girl called Wing Jones who has a very interesting family history but tradegdy strikes will her talent for running bring her family together?

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25909375-wing-jones?ac=1&from_search=true

Lastly I have an book given to me by Orenda Books which I am excited to read called Wicked Game by Matt Johnson. It is about a police officer that is look for the quiet life but will he really find it?

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27220378-wicked-game

That is it for the month of February let me know your reading in the month of February I would love to know!