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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

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Tua and the Elephant

by R.P. Harris

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 29, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Books, Children's Books, Elementary, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History

During an exploration of the night market, while her mother is working as a waitress, 10-year-old Tua finds a small hole in the wall that leads her to a bustling city street where she encounters… More

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The Pet Shop Revolution

by Ana Juan

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 24, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Resources

Mean Mr. Walnut has the biggest pet shop in the city, selling unhappy animals to wealthy people. No one has enough courage to confront him until Mina’s pet rabbit goes missing. With the help of… More

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Kami and the Yaks

by Andrea Stenn Stryer

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 27, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Books, Children's Books, Communication, Elementary, Health, Media & Culture, Resources

Set in the Himalayas, in the midst of a search for the family’s yaks a storm hits. Kami finally finds them, but the baby yak has his leg caught in a crevice. Kami rushes to… More

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Secrets in the Fire

by Henning Mankell

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 5, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Sofia and her family are getting by, but when bandits sneak into the village and murder nearly everyone (including Sofia’s father), she, her mother and two siblings must flee and try to find a new… More