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Scoop Issue 27 - Activism

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Scoop is a magazine for 7 to 13 year olds that publishes all forms of story, told by world renowned authors and illustrators including Raymond Briggs, Catherine Johnson, Tom Whipple, Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Priestley, Nicholas Bowling, Laura Dockrill, Emerald Fennell, Celia Rees, Joan Aiken, Tom Stoppard, MG Leonard, Michael Foreman, Piers Torday, Cathy Brett, Neil Gaiman, AF Harrold and John Agard. Each issue includes short stories, non-fiction, poetry, comics, interviews, reviews, activities and quizzes. We explore everything from punk to painting, from science to poetry, from super-natural phenomena to playwriting!

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United Kingdom
Curious Publishing Ltd
6 Issues

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1 min.

Dear Scoopsters, Hello, I’m thrilled to be the guest editor of Scoop’s brilliant Activism issue, which is filled with literary and real examples of activism from all over the planet. It features current events happening now and exciting movements from history, as well as many different causes that people choose to fight for. You can even find out what to do if you’re feeling eco anxiety. My earliest memory of activism is of watching a free Tibet protest march in India when I was six. It quickly became an issue I cared about and inspired my first book. Now when I write the main characters in my stories I always think back to the things I felt passionately about when I was their age. Standing up in society isn’t easy, and my…

2 min.
guest editor jess butterworth

What you love about being an author? So many things! I love doing research, being able to use my imagination to create characters and stories, writing about different settings, and visiting schools and meeting readers. Do you have any rituals when you write? I often listen to music to create the mood of the scene I’m writing, or I put my main character in the hot seat and ask her questions to get inside her head, and I always have a cup of hot chocolate or Earl Grey tea while I do this. How do you select the names of your characters? Quite often I’ll ask my character what their name is after some free writing from their point of view and they’ll tell me. Sometimes I name my characters after friends and family. If…

1 min.
what is activism?

What do you believe in? What do you see happening around you that you would like to change or improve? Greta Thunberg was worried about climate change so she started to talk about it and to get lots of other people thinking about the issue. David Attenborough is worried about the effect we humans are having on the natural world and he too is actively engaged in raising awareness. And then sometimes someone is aware of something that is happening in their neighbourhood – perhaps school or library closures, rubbish on the streets or a piece of waste land that could be turned into a garden. Activism is doing something to make a change Either on a large scale or small scale it is about wanting to improve things and make them better…

3 min.
it didn’t start with greta

In August 2018, Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg staged the first school strike to protest against climate change. It sparked a worldwide youth movement. But child activists are nothing new ... History’s biggest climate change protests took place in late September 2019. Over 7.6 million people joined in, including many children – all inspired by Greta. But it wasn’t the first time that children had taken to the streets to demand action. THE MARCH OF THE MILL CHILDREN In 1903, children worked day and night in the cotton mills of Pennsylvania, USA. Conditions were harsh and the powerful machinery often caused injuries. An activist named Mary Harris Jones decided to take them on a tour. She led 200 children (and 100 adults) on a 125-mile protest march for better working conditions. Their long trek…

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fjällgren pasture

‘They want to build a what?’ asked Anja Taube, a forkful of pickled herring poised by her surprised mouth. ‘A mine,’ gasped her younger brother, bending forward, hands on knees, puffing and red. ‘Don’t be silly, Jussi, they can’t build a mine.’ Anja laid her fork back down on her plate. ‘Can they?’ ‘That’s what the sign says. They’ve put up a fence all around Fjällgren Pasture and there’s a sign saying This Land Now Owned by Big Wolf Mining. Private.’ He looked at his sister’s plate of herring and boiled potatoes. ‘Aren’t you going to eat that?’ ‘I was,’ Anja answered, ‘but I’ve lost my appetite. How can they fence off Fjällgren? That’s one of our best reindeer grazing spots. They can’t just put up a fence.’ Jussi sat down, pulling Anja’s plate over.…

2 min.
the activism of eccentricity

You’ve probably noticed there’s a lot of concern about a great many human rights these days, with Parliament making laws and people marching in the streets to protect them. But nobody seems to be concerned about protecting the most cherished human right of all, especially in Britain: the right to behave in an eccentric manner. And yet eccentrics abound. Take the Frenchman who tried to burgle a house while wearing a full suit of armour. While he was clanking about looking for stuff to steal, the noise he was making woke up the owner, who promptly pushed a sideboard over on him. Unable to move, he was forced to lie under the sideboard until the police arrived to arrest him. When they got him to the station, they discovered the armour was…