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Published by: Wren and Rook, 24th June 2021
(a non-fiction imprint of Hachette)
After spending the last fifteen months in the grip of a global pandemic, good news is something I'm sure we'd all welcome with open arms. But with the news still full of doom and gloom, it can be hard to find things to be hopeful about.
Books are always a great source of hope but this new non-fiction release by Rashmi Sirdeshpande, which follows last year's release of Dosh, offers us good news and hope in abundance. Tackling the minefield that is sensationalism and fake news in the media, this book takes us through ways we can unearth the truth and find things to be positive about.
From climate change to inequality to politics and the arts, good things are happening all over the globe. Covid-19 might have put a spanner in the works but the creativity and ingenuity of the human race is not easily beaten. By working together, progress and improvements are gradually pushing back against troubling times and overwhelming challenges. And there are things we can all do to help...
You can't celebrate good news without acknowledging the bad and each of the six chapters in Good News does just that by taking the two hand in hand. It doesn't ignore the fact that things are bleak or paper over the cracks by pretending everything's going to be fine but what it does do is shine a spotlight on hugely positive projects that are happening to counteract all the bad stuff. It gives readers the tools to begin to decipher the actual facts behind the headlines and offers a step by step practical guide to how we can contribute to making a difference.
The joy of this book is the celebration of the goodness, selflessness, empathy, collaboration and unity that exists in the world. Without these things, we're in trouble! But this book, with it's brilliant 'Good News Flashes' reminds us that all these things exist and by championing them, we have the power the save our future.
With fun, doodly-type illustrations by Adam Hayes and an accessible layout, this book is perfect for middle-grade readers. It's teaming with facts from reliable sources and is a must-have for every primary and secondary classroom. It inspires us to be active, not passive (without piling on the pressure) and to use all our skills for good. It's a fabulous breath of fresh air and maybe, just maybe, the world isn't as bad as we think!
A big thankyou to Hachette for offering me the chance to review. Good News is available to pre-order and is released on 24th June.