Mightier than the sword

Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World through Writing tells the inspiring stories of people who have written to change lives and communities throughout history. The book will inspire young people who may not know or believe that writing their stories and speaking up for others can change the course of history.

This book was written for young people who experience challenges in their lives, notice problems in their communities, worry about the violence and inequality in the world and want to do something to change these situations.

The interactive activities in each chapter will engage children who are excited about telling stories, making art, and connecting with the world around them. Mightier Than the Sword will encourage young people to pay attention to their world, honor their own ideas and dreams, and use their words, art, and action to transform their lives, communities and beyond.

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Indie Bound


Age: Middle Grade

Publisher: Beaming Books (July 27, 2021)

ISBN-13: 978-1506466408

Advance Praise for Mightier Than the Sword

  • Melander ignites writers to own their words and author their futures.

    Dasha Kelly Hamilton,
    Creative Change Agent, Wisconsin & Milwaukee Poet Laureate
  • An inspiring and empowering collection spotlighting diverse activists throughout history who have used the power of the pen to make a difference. Mightier than the Sword is a hopeful celebration of the written word.

    Aileen Weintraub
    author of We Got Game! 35 Female Athletes Who Changed the World
  • Fascinating stories that span the ages combined with contemporary and colorful illustrations make this book revolutionary fun for inspiring young writers. Mightier Than the Sword will inspire readers of all ages to make a difference in the world by writing. They just may spark a revolution.

    Silvia Acevedo
    award-winning author of God Awful Rebel and leader of SCBWI-Wisconsin
  • Self-expression is a powerful thing, as any writer can tell you. MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD offers a glimpse into the minds of dozens of authors from every culture, race and gender to celebrate that power–the magic of words captured on the page. Young readers hoping to write will find inspiration in every chapter. Young readers who love true stories will find hope in future paths of their own. A grand addition to any library–public or personal. A delight to read with crisp, beautifully crafted illustrations. Outstanding! 

    Kelly Milner Halls
    author of Voices of Young Heroes, Mystery of the Titanic, Cryptid Creatures: a Field Guide and more than 50 other books for young readers
  • What a delightful book! The layout is absolutely beautiful, and I learned something new on every page–about people I’d never heard of as well as those I’ve long admired. This accessible collection of mini-biographies celebrates an incredible variety of people who have taken action through writing. Melander’s book will inspire readers to use their own words for good!

    Karla Manternach
    author of the Meena Zee children’s book series with Simon & Schuster

Level Up: Quests to Master Mindset, Overcome Procrastination, and Increase Productivity
By Rochelle Melander

In Level Up, you’ll find your perfect solution to any obstacle you face by turning them into quests. Instead of playing someone else’s game, you get to design the game, create your own playbook, define the rewards, and reap them all! You’ll also adopt a secret identity, recruit allies, identify villains, and celebrate your epic wins. Because you’ll be using a gameful approach to shaping your creative life, doing these quests won’t be a chore. Instead, you’ll relish investigating your life, play be able to play with possibilities and maybe even have some fun along the way!

  • With more than a decade’s experience in coaching writers to overcome their blocks, Rochelle shares proven methods in this book to enjoy and THRIVE with writing projects. And, her writing is a pleasure to read. Enjoy and implement this worthwhile book!

    George Kao
    Author of Joyful Productivity
  • Writing is life. Life is writing. To do either well, we must learn to do both. Rochelle Melander’s insightful challenges for “leveling up” are ultimately about encouraging all of us to be all that we can be—as both writers and humans.

    K.M. Weiland
    Author of Creating Character Arcs
  • There are no cheat codes in Level Up. What you’ll find are a ton of practical quests designed to help any writer develop confidence and productivity skills to get a project from dream to done. Level Up is going on my keeper shelf!

    Elizabeth Cole
    Secrets of the Zodiac series
  • Writing can be a lonely business, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’ve ever wished you had someone to walk you through the process of doing the creative work you want to accomplish, let Rochelle Melander guide you.

    Lori Rader-Day, Edgar®
    Award-nominated author of Under a Dark Sky

Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It)
By Rochelle Melander

Write-A-Thon was a 2011 ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist

If you’ve ever wanted to write a book—and 80% of Americans have that dream on their bucket list—Write-A-Thon is your go-to guide for getting your book done fast and painlessly. From life skills to writing skills, Write-A-Thon is packed with information and inspiration to jumpstart your writing! The life skills, performance techniques, and writing tools presented in Write-A-Thon are based on ideas from psychology, inspiration from the world of marathon running, the author’s work as a writing coach, and the author’s personal experience of writing books fast.

Indie Bound
  • Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It) </em>gives you the information, inspiration and tools you need to write a good book in less than a month. Want to know the secret to writing successfully? You’re holding it.

    Donna Gephart
    Award-winning children's book author
  • Write-a-thon is the tool every writer has been waiting for. Whether a professional or a wanna-be writer, you will find the practical help, the inspiration, and the kick in the pants to get writing. This book is more than a book—it’s a whole new life built out of words.

    Jane Rubietta
    Award-winning author and international speaker, author of Come Along: Journey to a More Intimate Faith,
  • If you’re like four out of five people, you dream of writing a book—and your biggest excuse for not having done so already is lack of time. If this sounds like you, you need Rochelle Melander’s new book, Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It), which provides simple yet effective strategies for planning, writing and recovering from writing a book (at least the draft of it) in less than a month’s time. Loaded with exercises, motivational quotes, and real-life examples, her book doesn’t just explain how she is so productive—she shows you how to do it, too. As a runner, I especially enjoyed the marathon analogy she employs throughout the book. Sure, a marathon sounds insurmountable at first, even for seasoned runners—but with preparation, training, and practice, most runners can complete one. The same is true of would-be authors—whether you’ve been writing for years or are just getting started, you can write a book in a month with Melander’s Write-A-Thon as your guide. Motivating, insightful, and fun to read, you’ll keep this book handy for years.

    Kelly James-Enger
    Author of books including Goodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks: The Writer’s Guide to Making Money Ghostwriting and Coauthoring Books.