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2016 All School Read: Book Availability

Enjoy Strong Inside? Try these! All available at the bigredlibrary.



Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

From Amazon:

This National Book Award nominee from two-time finalist Patricia McCormick is the unforgettable story of Arn Chorn-Pond, who defied the odds to survive the Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979 and the labor camps of the Khmer Rouge.

Based on the true story of Cambodian advocate Arn Chorn-Pond, and authentically told from his point of view as a young boy, this is an achingly raw and powerful historical novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace. It includes an author's note and acknowledgments from Arn Chorn-Pond himself.

When soldiers arrive in his hometown, Arn is just a normal little boy. But after the soldiers march the entire population into the countryside, his life is changed forever.

Arn is separated from his family and assigned to a labor camp: working in the rice paddies under a blazing sun, he sees the other children dying before his eyes. One day, the soldiers ask if any of the kids can play an instrument. Arn's never played a note in his life, but he volunteers.

This decision will save his life, but it will pull him into the very center of what we know today as the Killing Fields. And just as the country is about to be liberated, Arn is handed a gun and forced to become a soldier.


I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

From Amazon:


"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

Print and eBook Copies for Students

1. Check out the ebook from the bigredlibrary!  Use the Overdrive app (your username is your email address WITHOUT the, no password needed) or use this link without the app:

NOTE: Ebooks are purchased through MISBO, so if you see that company name you are in the right place!

2.  Copies will be available for sale in the main office at MBA at the discounted price of $15.00.  Currently the books are on order; watch your email for notification of when they arrive.

2. Buy local - go to Parnassus Books and support your local independent bookstore by buying a copy there.

3. Order from online retailers and get it shipped to your house.

4. Go to your local public library to check out the book or ebook.


Print and eBook Copies for Faculty

The MBA Library has a limited number of hardcover copies for the faculty as well as ebooks.

Please request a print copy from the librarians.

To read the ebook via Overdrive, either download the Overdrive app, put in your username, which is your email without the (no password necessary), search for the title, and borrow.  If you aren't using the app, click on this link and follow the same instructions.