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Mountains Beyond Mountains (Adapted for Young People)

By: by Tracy Kidder, adapted for young people by Michael French
Imprint: Ember
ISBN: 9780385743198
2014-04-08 - $9.99

From Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Truck Full of Money, and adapted by Michael French comes this captivating and critically acclaimed young adult adaptation of the nonfiction edition of Kidder's Mountains Beyond Mountains, which tells the inspiring story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Harvard-educated doctor with a self-proclaimed mission to transform healthcare on a global scale.

Farmer focuses his attention on some of the world's most impoverished people and uses unconventional ways in which to provide healthcare, to achieve real results and save lives. From his humble beginnings and atypical childhood to his education at Harvard Medical School and on to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia, Farmer dedicated himself to the philosophy that "the only real nation is humanity." He sets an example of a life based on hope and understanding of the Haitian proverb "Beyond mountains there are mountains"—as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.

"An important story that feels like it breathes a dose of virtuous oxygen right into readers' heads."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"Accessible and fascinating...It's focus on Farmer the humanitarian provides a much-needed education in empathy."—Booklist
"A thoughtful examination of a complex man operating in a complex world."—The Horn Book

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year Selection

A CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies Selection

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Common Core in the News: Mountains Beyond Mountains
May 28, 2013

Common Core in the News: Mountains Beyond Mountains

School Library Journal just posted a nice round-up of nonfiction for teen readers that Junior Library Guild has had on their radar, including our own Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World.

If the title or premise sounds familiar to you, it’s likely because Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains was originally released as an adult book. It was adapted this year for younger readers by Michael French–it underwent “youngification,” as we call it in the biz!  If you’re interested in more of these Youngifications, which are, indeed, perfect for integrating Common Core Standards in your classrooms, we have a handy guide for you to look through.