April Showers bring May New Books! (Don’t worry, they’re dry.)
Monthly Archives: May 2013
The original book Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder is one of my very favorite books, so when I saw that Michael French had released an edition “Adapted for Young People” I decided to order it for the library and see how it was different from the original.
The subtitle of Mountains Beyond Mountains is “The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, the Man Who Would Cure the World” and that is a fairly accurate summary of the book. Paul Farmer excelled at Harvard Medical School and likely could have worked at any hospital or office in the USA that he chose. Instead, he found himself drawn to treating patients in Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere. When you read about the conditions Farmer lives in and how hard he works to save his patients, it’s hard not to think of him as a saint. In the book, Kidder comments on this:
It wasn’t the first time Farmer had heard himself called [a saint]. When I asked him for his reaction, he replied, “I don’t care how often people say, ‘You’re a saint.’ It’s not that I mind it. It’s that it’s inaccurate.”
Then he added, “People call me a saint, and I think I have to work harder. Because a saint would be a great thing to be.”
This month in the Teen Scene. we’re displaying some books that either were recently made into movies or will soon be made into movies. You should read them, because it’s fun to smugly say to people “Oh, I liked the movie, but the book was better.” Everyone loves to hang out with people who say that!
(Film links go to IMBD, the Internet Movie Database.)