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Fight to Learn

The Struggle to Go to School

Interest Age: 10–14
Grade: 5–9
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: SL.7.1,1a,1b,1c,1d,2,3,4,5,6

Reading Level: Lexile 990L
Hardcover : 9781554517985, 176 pages, September 2016 , 9.0" x 6.5"
Paperback : 9781554517978, 176 pages, September 2016 , 9.0" x 6.5"


The heroic efforts of people fighting for children’s right to an education.

In many countries around the world, universal access to education is a seemingly unattainable dream; however, determined individuals with vision and drive have made this dream come true for many.

Fight to Learn highlights people such as Okello, a former child soldier in Uganda, who founded a school for children like him whose education was derailed by war; Chicago teen Deonte Tanner, who changed one high school’s culture from guns and gangs to talking and learning; Shannen Koostachin, a feisty 13-year-old Cree whose fight for the right of First Nations children to have proper schools endured even after her untimely death.

The uplifting stories of people who were undeterred in their fight to bring education to children will leave young readers with excellent models of how to mobilize support when fighting for a cause you believe in.


  • Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2017
  • Nominated, Golden Oak Award nomination, Ontario Library Association 2017
  • Nominated, Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association 2017
  • Nominated, Red Cedar Non-fiction Award 2018
  • Commended, Eric Hoffer Award, Honorable Mention 2017
  • Short-listed, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction 2017
  • Nominated, Silver Birch Award nomination, Ontario Library Association 2017


“A remarkable read. Accessible and inspiring . . . it will provide incentive for much discussion in any classroom.” 

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 08/24/17

“Vivid photography and a clear, accessible writing style.”

- Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Summer/17

“This is a fascinating and frightening examination of international education issues; a solid addition for libraries wanting more titles on education or social justice.” 

- School Library Journal, *starred review, 06/16

“An inspiring book for young readers.”

- Resource Links

“An inspiring call to action.” 

- Interesting Nonfiction for Inquisitive Kids, 10/11/17

“Scandiffio has gathered together inspiring stories of activists fighting for proper education around the globe.” 

- Canadian Teacher Magazine, Winter/18

“Inspiring stories.”

- Booklist, 07/01/16

“These uplifting stories . . . will leave young readers with excellent models of how to mobilize support when fighting for social justice.”

- Independent Publisher, 09/16

“An excellent addition to public and school libraries.”

- VOYA, 10/16

“A heartbreaking and awe-inspiring read.”

- CM Reviews, 11/18/16

“Highly visual and clearly organized.”

- Canadian Children’s Book News, Fall/16