Mya's strategy to save the world

Tanya Lloyd Kyi, 1973-

Book - 2019

Mya Parsons runs her school's social justice club with her best friend, Cleo. Her lifelong desire is to work for the United Nations and change the world, and then bask in all the ensuing adulation. Her more immediate desire is to get a phone, preferably one like Cleo's, with a leopard-print case to match. When her distracted dad and her long-distance mom (temporarily in Myanmar taking care of Mya's grandmother) both say no, no way, and possibly never, Mya launches a campaign to pr...ove herself reliable and deserving. She advertises her babysitting services, takes on more responsibility around the house, and attempts to supervise her sister's skateboarding lessons. Her efforts leave her ego bruised and the kitchen slightly scorched. She's no closer to touch-screen victory, let alone the Nobel Peace Prize she deserves. But all that changes after an accident leaves Mya to take charge-an experience which helps her realize how much she's grown, with or without access to proper communications.

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Published
Toronto : Puffin Canada 2019.
Language
English
Physical Description
191 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Issued also in electronic format
ISBN
9780735265257
0735265259
Main Author
Tanya Lloyd Kyi, 1973- (author)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr. 4–7–Seventh-grader Mya lives in Vancouver with her parents and her eight-year-old sister. She and best friend Cleo founded the "Kids for Social Justice" club at their school because Mya has plans for a future career as a U.N. representative (and Nobel Prize winner). While working on current issues like the Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Myanmar (where her mother has gone to take care of her ill grandmother), Mya also has to come up with a "multi-pronged strategy" to convince her dad that she is responsible enough for a cell phone. It's hard enough trying to solve the world's problems without adding cooking lessons from her aunt, a first crush, and her first period—but if anyone can do it, the plucky and endearing Mya can. The breezy narrative is broken up by recipes for traditional foods from Mynamar and Mya's emails to her mom and Cleo. Though tackling some tough topics (which are addressed in an author's note), Mya's witty voice and deep desire for a cell phone will keep tween readers engaged. VERDICT A welcome addition to middle grade bookshelves.—Laurie Slagenwhite Walters, Brighton District Library, Brighton, MI Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Twelve-year-old Mya Parsons could save the world and organize her family, if only she had her own cell phone. A Dork Diaries for today's socially conscious young readers.Mya Parsons runs her school's social justice club with her best friend, Cleo. Her lifelong desire is to work for the United Nations and change the world, and then bask in all the ensuing adulation. Her more immediate desire is to get a phone, preferably one like Cleo's, with a leopard-print case to match. When her distracted dad and her long-distance mom (temporarily in Myanmar taking care of Mya's grandmother) both say no, no way, and possibly never, Mya launches a campaign to prove herself reliable and deserving. She advertises her babysitting services, takes on more responsibility around the house, and attempts to supervise her sister's skateboarding lessons. Her efforts leave her ego bruised and the kitchen slightly scorched. She's no closer to touch-screen victory, let alone the Nobel Peace Prize she deserves. But all that changes after an accident leaves Mya to take charge--an experience which helps her realize how much she's grown, with or without access to proper communications.