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Being an Ally: Real Talk About Showing Up, Screwing Up, and Trying Again

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Written by: Shakirah Bourne (she/her) and Dana Alison Levy (she/her) (Co-editors)
Publisher: DK

Everyone can be an ally.

As an ally you use your power – no matter how big or small – to support others. You learn, and try, and mess up and try harder. In this collection of true stories, YA authors get real about being an ally, needing an ally and showing up for friends and strangers. These authors share their truths and invite you to think about your own experiences and choices – and how you can be a better ally. There are no easy answers, but this book helps you ask better questions. Because we’re all in this together. And we all need allies.

This £1 book features a smaller collection of essays from the title, Allies. Find out more information about this here.

NB Please note Being an Ally is in our Independent Readers category and therefore is not suitable for younger readers.

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    About the Authors

    Shakirah Bourne (she/her)

    Shakirah Bourne and Dana Alison Levy are the editors of Being an Ally: Real Talk About Showing Up, Screwing Up, and Trying Again. To discover all of the contributors for this title, click the button below!

    Being an Ally contributors

    Bourne is a Barbadian author and filmmaker. Her debut children’s novel, JOSEPHINE AGAINST THE SEA, was published by Scholastic in 2021, and received starred reviews in Kirkus and Booklist, and was a School Library Journal Best Book of 2021. She is the co-editor of YA non-fiction anthology, ALLIES: Real Talk About Growing Up, Screwing Up and Trying Again (DK/PRH, 2021). 


    Shakirah Bourne

    Dana Alison Levy (she/her) (Co-editors)

    Dana Alison Levy is an American author of many acclaimed books for young readers, including It Wasnt Me and the Family Fletcher novels. Her first novel for teens, Above All Else, was published in 2020. When not writing, Dana enjoys traveling, eating, taking photos of her cats, and smashing toxic white supremicist patriarchal norms. She makes a lot of mistakes and tries to learn from them.


    Dana Alison Levy

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