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Watch Us Rise

by Renee Watson, Ellen Hagen

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Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson, Ellen Hagen
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    Feb 2019, 368 pages

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When best friends Jasmine and Chelsea find that women's voices are not being heard in their progressive New York City high school, they discover how art and activism can spark change.

Jasmine and Chelsea are about to enter their junior year at New York City's progressive Amsterdam Heights Collaborative Community School. However, not long after the year starts, the girls find themselves stifled by their supposedly forward-thinking extra-curricular clubs. Chelsea, who aspires to be a poet, wants to write and read about contemporary social problems, the stuff that matters to her—body image, gender roles, workplace discrimination, media portrayals of women—but Poets for Peace and Justice is stuck in the 19th century. Jasmine, who adores theater, dreams up dynamic, powerful characters, but the August William Acting Ensemble pigeonholes her into the same old flat, stereotypical roles for large black women.

Aggrieved but not resigned, the girls start their own club, a space to create work that supports women's ideas. They call it Write Like a Girl. ...

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