Today it’s my stop on the ‘Vote For Effie,’ blog tour with a special guest post from Laura Wood in a series celebrating different young girls who are changing the world. I’ve been a huge fan of Laura’s books and have adored everything she has written so it was with great anticipation that I got my hands on a copy of ‘Vote For Effie,’ and I wasn’t disappointed. Effie Kostas is one of those characters who is instantly endearing, passionate and unafraid in a world where those who stand up for themselves are often ignored or mocked she refuses to lie down when she sees injustice happening at school. Effie goes head to head with the most popular boy in school for Student Council Present determined to make a difference and implement positive changes. Refusing to be deterred by her lack of popularity, she assembles the most wonderful band of misfits who fight for what they believes in despite the odds being stacked highly against them. Gutsy, funny and brilliantly written it’s one of those books I want to press into children’s hands and demand they read.
Celebrating young girls who are changing the world – Laura Wood
Havana Chapman- Edwards
Havana Chapman-Edwards is a seven-year-old-girl who joined the National School Walkout for gun control change in America. She was the only student who walked out of her elementary school in Virginia, and a photo of her sitting alone that day quickly went viral on social media. It’s not just this initial action that makes Havana such an inspiration, though. Building on the attention, Havana was determined to make a difference, and she started a GoFundMe account to finance a book club. On the page she explains, “Every month, I am going to host a book club and read aloud a book about an amazing female black role model. Girls and boys need to see strong black females in their books. I call these women and girls “sheroes”.
Havana is a shining example of what young people are capable of. I think it’s so inspiring to see her making such a difference. I love that she is vocal about her ambition to become an astronaut, and there’s no doubt in my mind that she can achieve whatever she wants. I find it really moving to see her expressing herself so confidently and that’s certainly something that I wanted to capture in Vote for Effie.
You can check out Havana’s GoFundMe here: https://www.gofundme.com/rhymersarereaders
Thanks to Laura for her special guest post.
Why not join in with the rest of the blog tour for more reviews and guest posts.
Thank you to Harriet and Scholastic for inviting me to join in with the blog tour and for sending me a copy of this brilliant book. ‘Vote For Effie,’ is available to buy now online or from any good bookshop.