the last girlTo request a complimentary examination copy of The Last Girl to review for classroom use, please contact us at K12education@edu.penguinrandomhouse.com or call us toll free at (844) 851-3955.

On Friday, October 5, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that it had decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Iraqi human rights activist Nadia Murad “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

Murad recounts her extraordinary story in her memoir, The Last Girl. Because she is a member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq, she was abducted and enslaved by the Islamic State in 2014, when she was twenty-one years old. The members of her village, including Murad’s mother and six of her brothers, were executed by ISIS militants if they refused to convert to Islam or were deemed too old to be sold into the slave trade. (more…)

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evictedBy Abby MacPhail, Teacher at the United Nations International School and Organizer of the UNIS Human Rights Project

To request a complimentary examination copy to review for classroom use, please contact us at K12education@edu.penguinrandomhouse.com or call us toll free at (844) 851-3955.

In the summer of 2018, students in the UNIS Human Rights Project spent three intensive weeks investigating housing injustice in New York City. They traveled throughout the city to meet with tenant organizers, service providers, academics, advocates and activists working on issues related to housing and human rights. They also listened to and transcribed the stories of people living in homeless shelters, as well as of those who have been displaced, evicted and harassed by landlords in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. Most importantly, they learned about the ways in which those affected by NYC’s housing crisis are organizing to make decent and affordable housing a human right. (more…)

Unlikely Brothers by John Prendergast and Michael Mattocks

We’re excited to be giving out ten free copies of the new book Unlikely Brothers: Our Story of Adventure, Loss, and Redemption, written by John Prendergast (The Enough Moment) and Michael Mattocks.

Peace activist and co-founder of the Enough Project, John Prendergast is known as a champion of human rights in Africa. But the not-so-public face of Prendergast is the life he’s led as a Big Brother to Michael Mattocks. As a curious, driven, and emotionally wounded twenty-year-old, Prendergast made the life-changing decision to form a “Big Brother/Little Brother” relationship with then seven-year-old Michael, who was living out of plastic bags and drifting from one homeless shelter to the next with his mother and siblings.

Told in duet, Unlikely Brothers follows the growth of John and Michael’s unique bond over twenty-five years as the two coped with varying degrees of violence, instability, and trauma in their own lives.

To request your free copy, email us at highschool@randomhouse.com with the subject line “Unlikely Brothers Giveaway.”

The Enough Moment by John Prendergast with Don Cheadle

Three of the most horrible scourges facing humanity are genocide (the destruction of people based on their identity), rape as a war weapon (the deliberate destruction of women through targeted sexual violence), and child slavery (children who are forcibly recruited to become killing machines or sex slaves).

All three seem overwhelming and intractable, but the reality is that there are specific and concrete solutions that can be implemented, if only there were the political and popular will to do so.

Help is indeed on the way. In the last five years, a growing people’s movement has been born in the United States and other countries to stop the genocide in Darfur. Similarly, there are rapidly expanding international efforts to protect and empower the women of Eastern Congo, who are subject to sexual violence more extreme than anywhere else in the world, as well as the children of Central Africa (the Invisible Children), who have experienced the highest abduction rates in the world at the hands of the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group. (more…)