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Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement

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Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement

On February 14th, 2018, there was a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and 17 people --- 14 students, one teacher and two coaches --- died. From that moment, a movement was born. Students from Marjory Stoneman decided to create an organization to call for protection against gun violence. These students organized a march on March 24th, 2018. They named the march, and their organization, March for Our Lives. From then the March for Our Lives founders have done many things including a tour across the United States and are continuing to do more to fight against gun violence. Now, they have written the book GLIMMER OF HOPE. The founders include Cameron Kasky, Delaney Tarr, Kyrah Simon and more students both from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and elsewhere.

"GLIMMER OF HOPE is inspiring as it shows how this moment began, gives hope for the future by showing how far we’ve come, but also mobilizes those who read it as it shows how much farther we have to go."

GLIMMER OF HOPE chronicles the story of the founders March for Our Lives from February 14th to the first day back at school to the march and even onwards to the future. GLIMMER OF HOPE shows the inner workings of the March for Our Lives movement as each student takes a turn telling the story. The students also describe their own experience with either the shooting, their lives afterward and/or how they became involved in the March for Our Lives. Each chapter focuses on a different significant event. The chapters are written by one to three people except for the two focusing on the first day back at school and the March for Our Lives on March 24th.

A great thing about GLIMMER OF HOPE is that it is written completely by students --- college students, high school students and even a student who is not even in high school yet. This gives the book a great feel, because the book gives voice to students when students are usually ignored by many people including those in government as GLIMMER OF HOPE shows. It also feels good for students to hear other students writing and giving voice to a movement that personally can affect and affects all of us. By reading GLIMMER OF HOPE, the world can see how even though students are young, they are serious about their present and the future and about ensuring mistakes from the past do not happen again.

I also really liked how the authors of GLIMMER OF HOPE showed how March for Our Lives all came together and how the organization works now. The authors show how everyone works together and also how everyone is now bonded together through the organization in the book. It also shows how hard the founders of March for Our Lives worked all the while dealing with school and their own trauma that affected them due to the shooting. GLIMMER OF HOPE is inspiring as it shows how this moment began, gives hope for the future by showing how far we’ve come, but also mobilizes those who read it as it shows how much farther we have to go.

GLIMMER OF HOPE by the founders of the March for Our Lives is a great book. Anyone looking to learn how to participate in politics or anyone looking to learn more about how to prevent gun violence should read this book. GLIMMER OF HOPE is inspiring, and it gives a good message to the world about how we need to rise up and work together to bring more action to prevent gun violence.

Reviewed by Rebecca D., Teen Board Member on October 15, 2018

Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement
by The March For Our Lives Founders