I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

i am malala cover imageI Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Malala Yousafzai
Young Readers Non-fiction
Little, Brown Books
Hardcover, 240 pages
$17.00

Adapted from the adult bestseller, this inspiring memoir by activist Yousafzai sketches her brave actions to champion education in Pakistan under the Taliban. The narrative begins with a prologue in which a Taliban gunman boards her school bus and asks, "Who is Malala?" The authors then offer insight into the cultural and political events leading up to the shooting that followed and Yousafzai's dramatic recovery. Yousafzai highlights the escalating tensions as the Taliban takes hold—including the strictures against girls attending school, the obliteration of Western influence, violence, and the eventual war—but also brings the universal to life as she quarrels with her brothers, treasures her best friend, and strives to earn top grades. It's a searing and personal portrait of a young woman who dared to make a difference. Ages 10–up.