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All-School Read

Fostering Community Through Shared Intellectual Experience


Northwood School's All-School Read is designed to foster a sense of community by encouraging a shared intellectual experience across the school. The All-School Read tradition at Northwood has been in place for more than thirty years. Recent titles have included The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives (Dashka Slater), Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand), Where You Go Is Not What You'll Be (Frank Bruni), The Bridge of St. Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder), Freakonomics (Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner), and I Am Malala (Malala Yousafzai). Each spring, a committee of faculty, staff, and administration selects a book to be read by all members of the school community before arriving and the academic year begins.

Our theme for the 2019-20 school year is Fighting Inequality. Embracing Inclusion.

The 2020 All-School Read is:

The Other Wes Moore                                

*There is a Young Adult version of the book called Discovering Wes Moore which you can choose to read if you prefer. 

Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world. "The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his."

Message from Ms. Carmichael and Mr. Spear:

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed inequality in access to healthcare, education, technology, and economic opportunities in cities across the United States and around the world. As we grapple with this once-in-a-generation crisis, we are simultaneously experiencing civil unrest and mass protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd while in police custody. This has stirred the nation and the world. It has opened the deep wounds of racism that have afflicted the United States for centuries for all to see. 

Everywhere we look it seems we are fighting inequality and longing for greater inclusion. This moment has led us to Northwood's theme for the 2020-21 school year: “Fighting Inequality. Embracing Inclusion.” Throughout the academic year, our school community will engage in reflection, conversation, inquiry, and action that explore this theme as it relates to the global and national crises as well as to our own community. Our journey begins with the All-School Read, The Other Wes Moore.

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