Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver, is a non-fiction novel detailing the story of Mortenson’s dream to bring schools to an underdeveloped area of the world. Mortenson and Oliver begin the story as Mortenson attempts to climb K2, a mountain second only to Mount Everest in height. When the attempt fails and he becomes lost, Mortenson comes across a small village where he is nursed back to full strength by the village elders. While living with the indigenous villagers in their destitute home, Mortenson learns about their culture, kindness, and struggles. Upon his departure from the village he earnestly promises to build them a school. Readers follow Mortenson through his attempts to fulfill his eager and fervent promise, and eventually to its triumphant realization. His project leads Mortenson to building schools, particularly for girls, throughout isolated areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and with vivid detail, the two authors write of the difficulties in building these schools, including encounters with the Taliban. Three Cups of Tea can be enjoyed by older adolescents and adults, as it is both a story of adventure and an inspiring example of how one person can truly make a difference in the lives of many.