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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
“At one time we all seemed so small. The problems we discovered at the beginning of the school year were too big for us. Yet here we are…” You might believe that you are only one person, but think about it: one person’s voice may inspire another person’s voice, and the chain reaction to do something good might be substantial. Jenny is usually a shy person, not wanting to speak out. But when inspired by the new science teacher, Ms. Morgan, she takes on a role she never thought possible and finds a voice to communicate with others to save the oceans, which, in turn, will save the planet. Jenny’s quiet voice rallies others in her class to end the problem of single-use plastics that clog the oceans. Not only does she inspire her class, but she inspires her older sister, her parents, her best friend (who happens to attend a different school) and so many others. Jenny, shy though she is, has a voice that needs to be heard. And it is!
Sonia Myers’s young adult novel, We Have Something to Say!, is an inspirational, educational, and entertaining story that can potentially motivate young people into action. The plot leads the reader on Jenny’s journey of discovery and learning as she becomes enraptured with the planet and the serious environmental issues that threaten it. Told in the first-person narrative, from Jenny’s point of view, the story follows a young teenager as she comes of age, finding her voice and speaking out in the best way she can, and along the way finding a means to inspire others to action. The message embedded in this engaging story is one of community, working together, taking action where needed, and finding the power to make a change for the good of the entire planet. Riveting and thought-provoking - we all have a voice and the power to use it for good.