October 2010


The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer

by Peter Singer, author of The Life You Can Save

The Life You Can Save will challenge your students to think about what they should be doing about one of the great issues of our times. For the first time in history, it is now within our reach to virtually eradicate world poverty and the suffering it brings. Yet around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us your students too—pay for bottled water that we don’t even need. And though the number of deaths attributable to poverty worldwide has fallen dramatically in the past half-century, nearly nine million children still die unnecessarily each year. We in the developed world face a profound choice: if we are not to turn our backs on a fifth of the world’s population, we must become part of the solution. (more…)

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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui

by Nicole Sprinkle, The Crown Publishing Group

I Am Nujood: Age 10 and Divorced is a very special little book—as the title certainly alludes. Forced by her father to marry a man three times her senior at an age far below the legal one, this brave young Yemeni girl fled her new “home” with just a few coins in her pocket, and headed to the courthouse in the capital. Her mission: to petition for a divorce. With the help of a trailblazing female lawyer, she won—and her extraordinary case has raised awareness throughout the Middle East about antiquated customs and even helped change the law.

Her story is perfect for high school reading on so many levels. It’s written by Nujood herself—her voice is one of youth that teens will easily relate to. It’s also a book that introduces important and timely cultural and political issues in an accessible way. (more…)

exit westEXIT WEST
by Mohsin Hamid

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WINNER OF THE 2018 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors that can whisk people far away. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

“Hamid rewrites the world as a place thoroughly, gorgeously, and permanently overrun by refugees and migrants. . . . But, still, he depicts the world as resolutely beautiful and, at its core, unchanged. The novel feels immediately canonical, so firm and unerring is Hamid’s understanding of our time and its most pressing questions.” —The New Yorker

sea prayerSEA PRAYER
by Khaled Hosseini

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The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite Runner responds to the heartbreak of the current refugee crisis with this deeply moving, beautifully illustrated short work of fiction for people of all ages.

Sea Prayer is composed in the form of a letter, from a father to his son, on the eve of their journey. Watching over his sleeping son, the father reflects on the dangerous sea-crossing that lies before them. It is also a vivid portrait of their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of that city’s swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone.

Impelled to write this story by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015, Hosseini hopes to pay tribute to the millions of families, like Kurdi’s, who have been splintered and forced from home by war and persecution. He will donate author proceeds from this book to the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund lifesaving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.

“Intensely moving. . . . Powerfully evocative of the plight in which displaced populations find themselves. . . . The book reads like an emotional gut-punch. . . . It is impossible to read without feeling intense compassion for those—and there are thousands—whose lives resemble those of the characters in the book. Powerful.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

the red bandannaTHE RED BANDANNA
by Tom Rinaldi

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When Welles Crowther was a young boy, his father gave him a red handkerchief for his back pocket. Welles kept it with him that day and every day to come; it became a fixture and his signature.

Years later, Welles took a Wall Street job on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. On 9/11, Welles’s parents had no idea what happened to him. In the unbearable days that followed, they came to accept that he would never come home. But the mystery of his final hours persisted. Eight months after the attacks, however, Welles’s mother read a news account from several survivors, badly hurt on the 78th floor of the South Tower, who said they and others had been led to safety by a stranger, carrying a woman on his back, down nearly twenty flights of stairs.  After leading them down, the young man turned around and went back up.

The survivors didn’t know his name, but despite the smoke and panic, one of them remembered a single detail clearly: he was wearing a red bandanna.

The Red Bandanna could very well become one of those classic books that are handed down through generations, for more than any book I have read in a very long time it convincingly tells the story of how great men and women become great—how cultural, community, and spiritual drives can develop that inner character that will make the world a better place. . . . Every first responder will want to read this book, every high school and college English teacher will want to assign it, and every thoughtful reader will give it to someone they love.” —Dennis Smith, retired FDNY firefighter, author of Report from Engine Co. 82