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2014 Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley


Frankenstein, a classic work of science fiction, often brings to mind Boris Karloff’s character in the 1931 film, or the green-tinged monster masks worn for Halloween. The book, however, always surprises those who think they know the story. It is a thought-provoking tale that examines education, knowledge, society, and, ultimately, what it means to be human.

“Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation, genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.”
Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind 2013

by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

The Beast in the Garden

2012 The Beast in the Garden

by David Baron


Zeitoun 2011

by Dave Eggers


Outcasts United 2010

by Warren St. John

Barefoot Heart

Barefoot Heart 2009

by Elva Trevino Hart

Long Way Gone

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier 2008

by Ishmael Beah


Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science 2007

by Atul Gawande


Warriors Don't Cry 2006

by Melba Pattillo Beals