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When the Rules Aren't Right

a graphic novel for all ages. 

It is the story of Emma, your basic fed-up teen, tired of parents who only talk about work and money, a self-obsessed older sister and a college-educated brother who’s moved back home and seems destined to stay there. She hates her chores, her know-nothing classes and she’s oblivious to the bigger world out there that could use her help. 

 

The Author

Leslie Tolf has spent the last 20 years fighting for workers, leading a benefits non-profit called Union Plus.

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The illustrators

Women are under-represented in graphic novels, that's why we showcased 7 super-talented illustrators here.

What are people saying?

 
 
When The Rules Aren’t Right is a rollicking, radiant, and radical graphic novel primer on labor rights, activism, and people power. Readers of all ages will have a blast traveling through time and place with the vibrantly illustrated characters as they explore major moments in labor history. I love it!
— KATE SCHATZ, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF RAD AMERICAN WOMEN A–Z AND RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE
When the Rules Aren’t Right is the labor history book for young people that we’ve been waiting for. The seven stories of seven times in seven styles are sure to keep readers engaged—and primed to take action for their own futures!
— INNOSANTO NAGARA, AUTHOR OF A IS FOR ACTIVIST
TERRIFIC! That’s the word that describes this book. It shows that change is possible—I’m getting it for every young person in my life!
— KAREN NUSSBAUM, FOUNDER, WORKING AMERICA
 

On March 17th, AFT president Randi Weingarten endorsed When the Rules aren't right and announced a teacher-specific lesson plan.  AFT on Twitter: "Leslie Tolf's new book "When the Rules Aren't Right ...