I am Gandhi
By Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2017
Brad Meltzer knows how to write biographies that bring young readers right into the heart of the person featured.
In I am Gandhi, we learn Gandhi was afraid of snakes, not good at sports and ran home so people wouldn’t make fun of him. Even though he read lots of books, he wasn’t good at school. The book goes on to tell about all the social injustices he experienced as an Indian in South Africa. One day he decided to do something about it. He made his first speech and formed the Natal Indian Congress. Most importantly, he came up with Satyagraha, outlining peaceful methods to changing the social injustices. Written so young minds can understand how and why his simple methods resulted in change, this is an inspiring story about how an ordinary person made a change in the world.
Meltzer has sold more than a million non-fiction books for young readers. Look for his other inspiring, ‘hero’ stories.