Billed as "little books about big ideas", the "On" series includes titles by the likes of Leigh Sales, Stan Grant, Sarah Ferguson and Nikki Gemmell. Joining their ranks is 17-year-old Sydney high-school student Daisy Jeffrey, one of the key organisers of the Australian school climate strikes, with this extended essay on hope - a timely topic. Thoughtful and impassioned, Jeffrey reflects on the ups and downs of her involvement in the school strikes for climate movement. Along the way, she touches on everything from political polarisation to being invited to meet the Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes - and, of course, remaining hopeful "when the world really does feel like it's falling apart".
Overall, I adored On Hope. It showcases Daisy's strong nature and personality. She has inspired me to stand up for what I believe in and this book has pushed that inspiration to a new level. I could not put this book down! [Reviewed by Erin, Year 10, St Ursula's College Kingsgrove NSW]