Thursday, January 15, 2009

Adoption of the Month: Beasts of No Nation

Every month I sort through our new course adoptions. This month, I was happy to see that Uzodinma Iweala's novel Beasts of No Nation is being embraced in colleges and high schools with adoptions at Cornell University, Ithaca College, Griswold High School in Connecticut, and Box Elder High School in Utah.

Uzodinma's short novel is told in the voice of a child soldier in Africa. It's being taught in a variety of courses from Senior English in high school to college classes on literature and sociology.

Washington Post Book World called it "a tour de force."

Our teaching guide will help you incorporate Beasts of No Nation into your curriculum.

Here is Uzodinma talking about writing the novel on The Charlie Rose Show.

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