Our PTA President, Alison Volpe, and our Superintendent, Dr. Kusum Sinha, are excited to announce that they will be co-hosting a book club, GC’s Shared Shelf. See below to read about book choices for our first session. Vote online by Monday, 9/28 for our first book choice. All are encouraged and welcome to participate.
We are the Champions
Rashmi Bansal, Devendra Tak
Fifteen inspiring stories of boys and girls who didn’t have much to begin with, but never lost hope. They fought against circumstances and against injustice, questioning age-old practices such as child marriage, child labor, dowry, trafficking, and inequality of gender. These kids are wiser and braver than most of us. They show us that real and lasting change is possible and inspire us to be that change, in whatever way we can, to create a better, more beautiful world for all of our children.
Anna and her mother have moved hundreds of miles to put the past behind them. A fresh start is what they both needed. But then rumors and whispers start up again. Anna tries to ignore what’s happening by immersing herself in learning about Maggie, a local woman accused of witchcraft in the seventeenth century. A woman who was shamed, silenced, and whose story has unsettling parallels to Anna’s. The Burning is a powerful call to action, reminding readers of the implications of sexism and the role we can each play in ending it.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status and denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. The New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been reluctant to face.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
This social justice read follows eight Milwaukee families and demonstrates how America’s current system benefits the rich while punishing the poor. It’s expensive to be poor, and Desmond’s excellent sociological work is paired with empathy as he moves into areas he writes about.
This is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home
This is All I Got is a riveting account of a year in the life of a young, homeless single mother and her quest to find stability and shelter in New York City. Every day, more than forty-five million Americans attempt to survive under the poverty line. Nearly 60,000 people sleep in New York City-run shelters every night, forty percent of them children. This is All I Got makes this issue deeply personal, vividly depicting one woman’s hope and despair and her steadfast determination to improve her situation, despite the myriad setbacks she encounters.