Do Something - Books about Making a Difference for Young Adults

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  • Hero Type, by Barry Lyga - Kevin doesn't believe he's really a hero after he stops the abduction of a girl in his school - but that was just the catalyst in what becomes a fight for freedom of speech and expression.
  • Hope Was Here, by Joan Bauer
  • Flush, by Carl Hiaasen - Noah and his younger sister need to prove a casino-boat owner is polluting the waters, in order to save their dad (who gets into some pretty interesting activism of his own).
  • Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen
  • God of Beer, by Garret Keizer - High school students in Vermont form a non-violent protest group about alcohol.
  • The Gospel According to Larry, by Janet Tashjian - Also try the sequel, Vote for Larry.
  • Green Thumb, by Rob Thomas
  • Lights, Camera, Amalee, by Dar Williams
  • Stuffed, by Eric Walters
  • Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place, by E.L. Konigsburg.
  • Saving the Planet and Stuff, by Gail Gauthier
  • Going, Going, by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • The Kayla Chronicles, by Sherri Winston - Kayla combines her love of dancing, journalism, and activism - her goal? Positive roles for girls.
  • The Misfits, by James Howe


  • - inspiring teens to change the world, and giving them ways to do it.
  • - offers a variety of materials that show young activists how to: volunteer, raise money for a cause, and organize activist events. [No longer active.]
  • offers a section just for teen activists. Teenagers can learn about causes and read inspirational stories of students that have made a difference.
  • Youth Venture provides grants for teen activists
  • Veg Teen - offers resources for those interested in vegetarianism and animal rights. [No longer active.]

This list was inspired by and based on the list created by Boulder Library. - Oh no, that list moved!