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Mountains Beyond Mountains (Adapted for Young People): The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World Library Binding – April 9, 2013


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Gr 7-10-An adaptation of the 2003 adult book with the same title. It is an admiring biography constructed from long stretches of personal experience with Farmer, international health specialist and infectious disease expert, whose focus was always the Haitian poor. Farmer has spent his life taking modern medicine (as well as schools, houses, sanitation, and water systems) to a poverty-stricken area of Haiti and to underdogs around the world. Lending "a voice to the voiceless," and working as a clinician as well as an organizer, he developed Partners in Health, funded first by a Boston philanthropist and later by the Gates Foundation and now internationally active. While French's adaptation follows the same sequencing, his compression removes much of the detail that made the original so readable and interesting. Omissions make episodes difficult to understand and, at least in one case, a description of one character is applied to another. Still, books showing how one person can make a difference are always welcome in young adult literature and this one will be appreciated where the young readers' edition of Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin's Three Cups of Tea (Dial, 2009) has been popular. But for the full flavor of the man's life and his impact on the author, older readers should seek out the original.-Kathleen Isaacs, Children's Literature Specialist, Pasadena, MDα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Kidder’s inspiring story of American doctor Paul Farmer has now been adapted—to good effect—for young readers, with the help of coauthor French. As Kidder demonstrates, Farmer is a remarkable man. A noted epidemiologist who has worked with such infectious diseases as tuberculosis and AIDS, he is also a medical anthropologist, a clinician, and an expert in public health. His ambitious goal is to improve health policy for the poor on a global scale. By making himself a presence in the book, Kidder becomes a surrogate for the reader as he travels with Farmer to the slums of Lima, Peru; the prisons of Russia and Siberia; and to Farmer’s base, in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and a place Farmer has loved since he was a college student. Kidder expertly provides context for Farmer’s life and work, including a look at his eccentric upbringing and his relationships with friends and colleagues. Though sometimes complex, the story is always accessible and often fascinating. Best of all, its focus on Farmer the humanitarian provides a much-needed education in empathy. Grades 7-12. --Michael Cart --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1120L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375990992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375990991
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,273,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack London on September 21, 2013
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A well written documentary, gives a concrete example of what "living for others" can really mean. Paul Farmer is an amazing individual, who shows what can be accomplished for the poor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wilhelmine Shuck on April 28, 2014
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What an admirable fellow, this Dr. Paul Farmer. My book club read the entire book. I cheated and read the "condensed" version.
I'm so glad to have read the book, and so glad that I didn't have to plow through additional details.
What Dr. Farmer has done in Haiti and worldwide is worthy of broadcasting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Anderson on June 11, 2013
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thought-provoking true story. inspiring. unbelievable commitment on the part of one man. puts the rest of us to shame. we need to get moving to get our world together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra F. Wright on June 10, 2013
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This book is inspiring to read! It makes me appreciate more and more those who give their lives for others to see they receive adequate healthcare. Dr. Paul Farmer is an advocate for those without voice; those who are marginalized and have no means to cry out for the mercy of others! GREAT READ!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By raptar on June 2, 2013
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It is a fantastic story. Really admirable work. I love the way the author writes. It is really straight up with some emotion and some facts. Amazingly interesting and quick read.
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