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Big Read for Summer 2021: What the Eyes Don't See

McNicholas is excited to announce the Big Read for Summer 2021, What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hannah-Attisha. This school wide-read will be used across all four grade levels and across the curriculum at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, particularly in English and science classes.

What the Eyes Don't See is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona stood up for the children of Flint, Michigan in the midst of the devastating water crisis. Dr. Mona worked with researchers and community leaders to discover lead in Flint’s tap water and to fight to protect the children who were being harmed by it.

Dr. Mona said, “Challenging injustice means standing up for the weak, the vulnerable, the abused, and the forgotten—be it in health, employment, education, or the environment. It means being vigilant on behalf of people who are treated as pariahs and scapegoats, populations that are dehumanized, displaced, and treated as disposable. It means fighting oppression at every opportunity—no matter the place or country.”

Please see these summer reading details for specific information about the assignments as well as additional reading requirements for honors and AP courses.

Cover of What the Eyes Don't SeMcNicholas High School Big Read pick

The world shouldn't be comprised of people in boxes. Minding their own business. It should be full of people raising their voices, using their power and presence, standing up for what's right. Minding one another's business...that's the world I want to live in.

Dr. Mona Hannah-Attisha from What the Eyes Don't See

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