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Monday, April 13, 2009

6th Grade Entry - Three Cups of Tea

6th graders at WOMS have been invited to post guest entries on my blog for YA books they’ve recently read. This is Isaac’s entry. Thanks, Isaac!

Three Cups of Tea Author: Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin Publisher: Penguin Group 209 pages Greg Mortenson set out on an attempt to climb the world’s second largest peak K2. During that failed attempt Greg got lost on the way down and ended up in a small village called Korphe. Haji Ali the village leader took in Greg and let him recuperate in his village. On the 3rd day Greg requested to see the school they had, Haji Ali hesitated but then let Greg see. When he saw all the children (mostly boys) in the cold dirt doing their multiplication lessons without a teacher he was shocked. That day Greg left and made a promise to Haji Ali that he would come back to Korphe and build them a real school. When Greg went back to America he figured out that building schools for villages like Korphe could be a successful life. The first question he asked himself was ‘how am I going to get the money.’ He sent out five-hundred eighty letters to famous people requesting donations. While he was waiting for responses his mother asked about his project. After hearing his story the students started a fundraiser called Pennies for Pakistan, they raised 62,345 pennies. In his campaign of sending letters he only received one back from Tom Brokaw which had five-hundred dollars in it. Later on Greg was introduced to Jean Hoerni a very successful business man, who turned into Greg’s biggest benefactor. He had learned how to raise money for the schools. For the next many ears Greg built schools for about one hundred villages. During that time he had been kidnapped, threatened to be killed, had been in the middle of a gang fight with guns, and almost killed by an underground mine. Despite all of those deadly experiences he kept his commitment to build schools for the small villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan. After the 9/11 attacks and America going to war against terrorists he realized education is better than war in preventing kids from growing up and being terrorists. The story focused on Greg Mortenson building schools for girls in Islamic countries. His inspiration came from his sister that had died to educate girls in rural Central Asian villages. Greg taught us that everybody can impact the world somehow good or bad. I liked Three Cups of Tea because it showed how someone can impact the world in a good way. It let you realize what kids have to go through to get an education, especially the girls, in Central Asian countries. It also showed through commitment and passion you can get about anything done. Greg Mortenson is a great person that made an impact on the world with out a lot of money and only a vision. I think people that like books with strong messages and a little suspense here and there. Written By: Isaac G.

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