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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: WHST.6-8.1,2,4,5,6,7

Reading Level: Lexile 990L
Hardcover : 9781554517985, 176 pages, September 2016 , 9" x 6.5"
Paperback : 9781554517978, 176 pages, September 2016 , 6.5" x 9"


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. This book highlights people such as Okello, a former child soldier in Uganda, who founded a school for children like himself whose education was derailed by war; Julia Bolton Holloway who realized that the only effective way to educate Roma children was to teach literacy to their parents at the same time; Shannen Koostachin, a passionate 13-year-old whose fight for the right of First Nations children to have proper schools endured even after her untimely death. These 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 social justice.


  • 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


“Inspiring stories.”

- Booklist, 07/01/16

“An excellent addition to public and school libraries.”

- VOYA, 10/16

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

- Canadian Teacher Magazine, Winter/18

“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

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

- ETFO Voice, Summer/17

“Engaging.” —VOYA, 04/17

- Erin Wyatt

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

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 08/24/17

“An inspiring call to action.” 

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

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

- Independent Publisher, 09/16

“A heartbreaking and awe-inspiring read.”

- CM Reviews, 11/18/16

“An inspiring book for young readers.” —Resource Links, 04/17

- Zachary Chauvin

“Highly visual and clearly organized.”

- Canadian Children’s Book News, Fall/16