There is a great author visit on Nov. 30 at Claremont for the entire 6th grade! If you are interested in purchasing a book (which supports both the author’s visit and 20% goes back to the Claremont PTA), please let Morgan Rouquette know via email (

Author Bethany Hegedus will discuss the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, including how to promote positive change. She co-wrote two books with Arun Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi).

Be the Change
By Bethany Hegedus and Arun Gandhi. Books will be signed. [$20.70 incl. tax]

be-the-changeAt Grandfather Gandhi’s service village, each day is filled, from sunrise to sunset, with work that is done for the good of all. The villagers vow to live simply and nonviolently. Arun Gandhi tries very hard to follow these vows, but he struggles with one of the most important rules: not to waste.

How can throwing away a worn-down pencil hurt anyone? How can wastefulness lead to violence? With the help of his grandfather, Arun learns how every wasteful act, no matter how small, affects others. And in time he comes to understand the truth of his grandfather’s words: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Grandfather Gandhi
By Bethany Hegedus and Arun Gandhi. Books will be signed. [$19.60 incl. tax]
grandfather-gandhiMahatma Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly illustrated tale that carries a message of peace. How could he—a Gandhi—be so easy to anger?

One thick, hot day, Arun Gandhi travels with his family to Grandfather Gandhi’s village.
Silence fills the air—but peace feels far away for young Arun. When an older boy pushes him on the soccer field, his anger fills him in a way that surely a true Gandhi could never imagine. Can Arun ever live up to the Mahatma? Will he ever make his grandfather proud?

In this remarkable personal story, Arun Gandhi, with Bethany Hegedus, weaves a stunning portrait of the extraordinary man who taught him to live his life as light. Evan Turk brings the text to breathtaking life with his unique three-dimensional collage paintings.