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We're in This Together

A Young Readers Edition of We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders

About The Book

An empowering young readers edition of We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders, the memoir by Women’s March coorganizer and activist Linda Sarsour that’s “equal parts inspiring, emotional, and informative” (Kirkus Reviews).

You can count on me, your Palestinian Muslim sister, to keep her voice loud, keep her feet on the streets, and keep my head held high because I am not afraid.

On January 21, 2017, Linda Sarsour stood in the National Mall to deliver a speech that would go down in history. A crowd of over 470,000 people gathered in Washington, DC, to advocate for legislation, policy, and the protection of women’s rights—with Linda, a Muslim American activist from Brooklyn, leading the charge, unapologetic and unafraid.

In this middle grade edition of We Are Not Here to be Bystanders, Linda shares the memories that shaped her into the activist she is today, and how these pivotal moments in her life led her to being an organizer in one of the largest single-day protests in US history. From the Brooklyn bodega her father owned to the streets of Washington, DC, Linda’s story as a daughter of Palestinian immigrants is a moving portrayal of what it means to find your voice in your youth and use it for the good of others as an adult.

About The Author

Photograph by K.K. Ottesen

Linda Sarsour is a Brooklyn-born Palestinian Muslim American community organizer and mother of three. Recognized for her award-winning intersectional work, she served as national cochair of the Women’s March, helping to organize the largest single-day protest in US history. She is the former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and cofounder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change, as well as Until Freedom, a national racial justice organization working with Black and Brown communities across the country.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 29, 2022)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534439313
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12
  • Lexile ® 990L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

Praise for We’re in This Together

A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2022

A School Library Journal Best Nonfiction Book of 2022

* “The moments of accomplishment, struggle, sadness, and perseverance shown here provide a touching, uplifting image of America that is seldom represented. Equal parts inspiring, emotional, and informative: a necessary read.”Kirkus Reviews, starred

* “Filled with information and insight, this young readers edition of the book We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders will inspire and motivate readers…An excellent read that practically dares readers to take on the tough issues with strength and vigor, this is an outstanding purchase for all libraries.”School Library Journal, starred

“Sarsour’s readable and uplifting story will empower young people in their own fight for social justice.”Booklist

Praise for We Are Not Here to be Bystanders

“Sarsour’s memoir is packed with hard-learned lessons from the front lines of the social-justice struggle. It’s a book that speaks to our times.”The Washington Post

“Candid and poignant, this book offers an intimate portrait of a committed activist while emphasizing the need for more Americans to work against the deep-seated inequalities that still haunt the country. A powerful memoir from a dedicated fighter for social justice.”Kirkus Reviews

“An incredible, galvanizing story of the power of participation.”Booklist

Awards and Honors

  • SLJ Best Book of the Year
  • ILA Children's Book Award Honor

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