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Boys Without Names

by Kashmira Sheth

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 19, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

In “Boys Without Names” (305 pgs), Gopal’s family has hit hard times in their village in rural India. Good weather brought good crops, but that drove prices down, leaving his family unable to pay their… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Chained”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 30, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw and Lauren Allison In the book “Chained” by Lynne Kelley (2012), in order to help his sick sister and to protect his mother from an abusive employer, Hastin gets a job as… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Gunny and The Magical Pack”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 19, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “Gunny and The Magical Pack” by Amy Elizabeth Cranmer (74 pgs) For the last several years, Gunny has known only violence and cruelty as a “bait” dog. Lying injured on the side… More

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Summer on the Moon

by Adrian Fogelin

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 10, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

In “Summer on the Moon” (234 pgs) Socko (short for Socrates) has survived another year of middle school and is ready to enjoy summer with his best friend Damien. Wherever they turn, the boys are… More

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Gunny and The Magical Pack

by Amy Elizabeth Cranmer

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 28, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Books, Children's Books, Elementary, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

For the last several years, Gunny has known only violence and cruelty as a “bait” dog. Lying injured, on the side of the road, he waits for the end to come. But when a kind… More

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Epic

by Chris Wedge

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 20, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Videos/Movies

In “Epic” (102 min) (ages 7 and up) MK (Mary Katherine) goes to visit her father, who is obsessed with finding tiny people he believes inhabit the forest near his house. When MK is shrunk… More

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Chained

by Lynne Kelley

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 13, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Books, Children's Books, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

In order to help his sick sister and to protect his mother from an abusive employer, Hastin gets a job as an elephant caretaker in a circus. But as soon as he arrives at the… More

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For Your Must-Read List: What Comes After

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 6, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

This review was written by IHE media intern and M.Ed. graduate student, Lauren Allison. “What Comes After” by Steve Watkins (2011) (recommended for grades 10-12) In the blink of an eye, Iris Wight’s world is… More

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What Comes After

by Steve Watkins

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 7, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Books, Children's Books, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History

In the blink of an eye, Iris Wight’s world is forever changed. Her mother left when she was five, and now at 16 her father is dead. She is sent from Maine to North Carolina… More

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War Brothers: A Graphic Novel

by Sharon McKay

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 6, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, College/Adult, High School, Human Rights, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

War Brothers is a graphic novel in which readers follow along as young boys are kidnapped and broken by members of Kony’s LRA movement. Readers witness as young children are forced to confront (and sometimes… More