Three Cups of Tea

Book review by Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Uplifting true story adapted for younger readers.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 9+

Beautiful story of courage and determination

I think that this is a beautiful story that highlights what children need most: the will to persevere through adversity for an ideal. Mortenson did a powerful job of stumbling upon a need in the world, and then bringing all of his powers to bear upon manifesting a solution. The story illustrates his journey to Afghanistan, where he became lost on a track and wound up in a village. He vowed to return and help build schools for girls, against all odds! And he did. Though the ghost writer seemed to embellish the story slightly, it is a great and inspiring read!
age 16+

Unfortunately, it's fiction

I think it's unfortunate that the author, who had a good idea, decided to deceive readers into thinking the events of the book actually happened. This is a shameful hoax. And very profitable to Mortensen. Parents should inform their children that this book is a fiction - and worse, a sham. "Mortenson has been criticized by writers such as Peter Hessler and Jon Krakauer for financial mismanagement of his charity, for 'dodging accountability' and for writing a book Krakauer described as 'riddled with lies.'

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