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Steve and Laurie Augustino Instructional Media Center: Featured Book of The Month


March 2023 Featured Book of the Month

December 2022


I Am MalalaThe Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban 

by Malala Yousafzai


About the Author

Malala Yousafzai, the educational campaigner from Swat Valley, Pakistan, came to public attention by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. Using the pen name Gul Makai, she often spoke about her family's fight for girls' education in her community.

In October 2012, Malala was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived and continues her campaign for education.

In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, becoming the youngest-ever recipient at just seventeen years of age. She was also honored with the National Youth Peace Prize in Pakistan in 2011 and the International Children's Peace Prize in 2013, and she was short-listed for Time magazine's Person of the Year.

Malala continues to champion universal access to education through the Malala Fund, a non-
profit organization investing in community-led programs and supporting education advocates around the world.

(Soure: Amazon Reviews)

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February 2023


The Hate u Give

by Angie Thomas

8 starred reviews · Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best  ·  William C. Morris Award Winner · National Book Award Longlist · Printz Honor Book · Coretta Scott King Honor Book · #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." —John Green

"This story is necessary. This story is important." —Kirkus (starred review)

"Heartbreakingly topical." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A marvel of verisimilitude." —Booklist (starred review)

"A powerful, in-your-face novel." —Horn Book (starred review)

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

- Amazon Book Reviews


Want to read THE HATE U GIVE? Pick up a copy in the GHS Media Center! 

November 2022


Mystic Chords of Memory

by Richard Lawson Singley


Mystic Chords of Memory offers a new perspective on one of the most epic chapters in American history. The book is divided into three sections. The first section is dedicated to antebellum America and the antecedent causes of the Civil War. The second section of this book is devoted to the war and surrounding personal events. The third part focuses on the aftermath of this bloody fratricidal conflict and the subsequent effects on America, in general, and African Americans in particular.


Richard Lawson Singley has worked in the Engineering field for over three decades. Richard spent many years employed as an Electrical Engineer, but never lost his passion for exploring the intricacies of the English language and historical events. He is the author of several forthcoming books and essays on various subjects including: religion, science, philosophy, history, and politics. Other books by Richard include: In a Nutshell: A Collection of Popular English Phrases, A New Perspective: Rethinking the History and Myths of the Past, Renaissance Man, Unholy Crusades, The Pursuit of Happiness, Triumvirate, and Negritude. He has also worked as an educator and assistant in the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) system. His books Mystic Chords of Memory and Renaissance Man have been approved by MCPS as teaching and reference books. Richard is a graduate of Drexel University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. A native of Roselle NJ, Richard is the father of two sons, Bradford and Adrian, and lives in the Washington, DC area with his life-long love and wife Jeanne.

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