Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations...One School at a Time

by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Greg Mortenson had been a mountain climber in the early 1990s when he became lost... read more

Greg Mortenson had been a mountain climber in the early 1990s when he became lost on a descent from K2, only to find a new path in life as a result. He has spent the years since raising money and working with people in Pakistan and Afghanistan to build schools in their countries. Sarah Thomson’s skillful adaptation of the adult book of the same name captures Mortenson’s passion and drive, and also his appreciation for the cultures and the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan, from whom, he says, he has learned so much. An added dimension of this volume for children and teens is an interview with Mortenson’s eleven-year-old daughter, Amira, who, with her younger brother, has taken her parents’ work and ideals to heart. She spends time talking to other kids about the work and selling lemonade or collecting “pennies for peace” to raise money, but also speaks in a heartfelt way about how hard it is to have her dad away for long periods of time when he travels. Photographs—both color and black-and-white—a reader’s guide, and a glossary round out this welcome volume. (Ages 9–13)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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