9781101907290By Shaka Senghor, author of Writing My Wrongs (Convergent Books, January 2017).

Although I grew up in the ’80s in a very different era, I can still relate to many of the challenges our youth face today. By the time I turned seventeen years old, gun violence had become a normal part of my life. I watched many of my childhood friends and family members get gunned down in the streets. When I was fourteen, my older brother shot my oldest brother in the neck; at fifteen, my childhood friend was shot to death; at sixteen, my older brother was shot, and years later was shot again, this time leading to his paralysis from the waist down; and at the age of seventeen, I was shot several times while standing on the corner in my neighborhood. By the time I turned nineteen, I had been surrounded by so much violence that I became desensitized to it. (more…)

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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.”