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Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation2013 Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation

FOR CHILDREN
by Jan Reynolds

For hundreds of years the Maasai have moved with their herds of cattle and goats, across thousands of miles in Kenya and Tanzania. Today their traditional way of life is threatened and they are meeting these obstacles head-on by adapting their lives and agricultural practices while keeping their vibrant, close-knit culture alive.

Purchase information:$9.95
 

 

The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back2013 The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back

by Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen
When 14-year-old Hannah Salwen was stopped in her tracks by glaring disparity, her parents knew they had to act on her urge to do something. What began as an outlandish scheme became a remarkable journey that transported them across the globe and well out of their comfort zone. In the end they learned that they had the power to change a little corner of the world and found themselves changing too.
e-reader version available

Purchase information:$14.95
 

 

Why Africa Matters2013 Why Africa MattersBonus Book

by Cedric Mayson
So many books give the data on the geography, the population and the problems of Africa, but this astonishing book reveals the richness of Africa's peoples, traditions and cultures and why this is good news for the world. The book explores the heart and soul
of a great continent and allows us to appreciate the beauty while not ignoring the reality.

Purchase information:$20.00
 

 

Branded Book Cover2012: Branded

FOR YOUTH
by Eric Walters

Ian’s school is in an uproar about the new school uniforms, but he wants nothing to do with the issue. He’s busy pursuing a newfound passion for social justice. Why should he worry about uniforms when there are kids in the world who would give anything to be able to go to school? But things change when he discovers the two issues may be related.

Purchase information: $9.95
 

 

Global issues Korean book cover2012: 세계화를 둘러싼 불편한 진실Bonus Book

카를 알브레히트 이멜 지음
이 책은 세계화와 각종 개발정책이 어떻게 지구촌의 불평등을 조장하고 환경을 파괴하는지를 명쾌하고 밀도 있는 분석과 다양한 그래픽 자료들을 통해 선명하게 보여주고 있다. 빈부격차에서부터 식량, 건강, 교육, 환경, 무역, 전쟁과 폭력, 인권 등 14개 주제 80개 항목을 숨막히게 따라가다 보면, ‘세계화’라는 현재진행형의 사건이 결코 나와 무관한 것이 아님을 분명하게 인식하게 될 것이다.
Purchase information: $30.00
 

 

Color-Blind2012: Color-blind: The Rise of Post-racial Politics and the Retreat From Racial Equity

by Tim Wise
In a new era of race relations in the United States, some call for an end to color-consciousness, affirmative action and even a retreat from discussion of racism. Color-blind presents a look at contemporary racism and offers steps to achieve true social justice and economic equality.
e-reader version available
Purchase information: $14.95
 

 

The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories From the Arizona Borderlands2012: The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories From the Arizona Borderlands

by Margaret Regan
Fourteen-year-old Josseline from El Salvador was just one of thousands to perish on the migrant trail's deserts and mountains. This book tells people's stories and explores migration-related issues like border militarization, environmental damage and the desperation that sends migrants north.
e-reader version available
Purchase information: $15.00
 

 

Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans2012: Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands

FOR YOUTH
by Cathryn Berger Kaye and Philippe Cousteau

Pollution, oil spills, climate change, overfishing—these are just some of the threats to our planet’s water system, resulting in a lack of clean drinking water for millions of people and the devastation of plant and animal life. Teens around the globe are taking action to address these crises.
e-reader version available
Purchase information: $14.99
 

 

Green Church: Reduce2012: Green Church: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice!

by Rebekah Simon-Peter
What does climate change mean for Christians, and how can you help? Green Church offers hopeful and engaging answers. Citing Scripture and science, the book weaves in personal stories of Sabbath, gardening, recycling, camping and the power of faith. She challenges us to consider our role in the care of creation and to help save the earth for future generations.
This is a large print book; e-reader version available.
Purchase information: $12.50
 

 

Las Hijas de Juárez2012: Las Hijas de Juárez

ESPAÑOL
por Teresa Rodríguez, Diana Montané y Lisa Pulitzer

En la ciudad fronteriza de Juárez, entre México y los Estados Unidos, por más de doce años, se han llevado a cabo un sinnúmero de crímenes atroces contra mujeres y niñas que incluyen secuestros, violaciones, mutilaciones y asesinatos. Este libro promete ser una obra literaria que revela no sólo la brutalidad de estos hechos sangrientos, sino la violación de los derechos humanos de la mujer en México.
Purchase information: $14.00
 

 

Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril2012: Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril Bonus Book

by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson, editors
In the face of environmental degradation, species extinction and climate change, scientific knowledge, political processes or economic incentives do not tell us what we ought to do. The missing pieces include principled reasons for doing the right thing for the future of our planet, its animals, its plants and its people.
e-reader version available

Purchase information: $17.95
 

 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness2012: The New Jim Crow: Bonus Book
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Michelle Alexander
Jim Crow laws are off the books but an astounding percentage of African-Americans are warehoused in prisons or trapped in a permanent, second-class status, much like their grandparents before them. This book challenges us all to put mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice.
e-reader version available
Purchase information: $19.95
 

 

Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street2012: Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street and Your Street

by Jim Wallis
Getting back to “the way things were” is not an option. It is time we take our economic uncertainty and use it to find some moral clarity. Rediscovering Values shows that the solution to our problems will be found only as individuals, families, friends, churches, mosques, synagogues and entire communities wrestle with the question of values together.
e-reader version available
Purchase information: $14.99
 

 

Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace2012: Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace

FOR CHILDREN
by Jen Cullerton Johnson

A biography of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner, scientist and environmentalist Wangari Maathai who -despite opposition to women’s rights - started her own Green Belt Movement in an effort to restore Kenya’s ecosystem by planting millions of trees.
Purchase information: $18.95
 

 

The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today2012: The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today

by Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter
Slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight—the dishwasher in the neighborhood restaurant, the kids on the corner selling cheap trinkets, the man sweeping the floor of the local department store—and we meet some unexpected slaveholders. This book calls us to action to bring an end to this horrific crime.
e-reader version available
Purchase information: $16.95
 

 

Sold: Book Cover2012: Sold

FOR YOUTH
by Patricia McCormick

Though desperately poor, 13-yearold Lakshmi’s life in a small village in Nepal is full of simple pleasures. But then a monsoon washes away the family’s crops, and Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must take a job to support her family. Thinking she has a job as a maid in the city, she is glad to help. But then she learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.
e-reader version available
Purchase information: $8.99
 

 
 
 

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