I Am Malala, Young Reader's Edition Lib/E: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) (Young Readers)
I Am Malala is the memoir of a remarkable teenage girl who risked her life for the right to go to school. Raised in a changing Pakistan by an enlightened father from a poor background and a beautiful, illiterate mother from a political family, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. I Am Malala tells her story of bravery and determination in the face of extremism, detailing the daily challenges of growing up in a world transformed by terror.
Written for her peers with critically acclaimed author Patricia McCormick, this important book is about the value of speaking out against intolerance and hate. It's a message of hope from one girl who dreams of education for every girl in every country.
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About the Author
Malala Yousafzai, the educational campaigner from Swat Valley, Pakistan, came to public attention by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. Using the pen name Gul Makai, she often spoke about her family's fight for girls' education in her community. In recognition of her courage and advocacy, she was honored with the National Peace Prize in Pakistan in 2011 and nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize in the same year. She is the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She was short-listed for Time magazine's Person of the Year and has received numerous other awards. She continues to champion universal access to education through the Malala Fund, a nonprofit organization that invests in community-led education programs and supports education advocates around the world.
Neela Vaswani is the award-winning author of You Have Given Me a Country and Where the Long Grass Bends. Her work has received an American Book Award, an O. Henry Prize, and a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award. She teaches at Spalding University's MFA in writing program and is the founder of the Storylines Project with the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City.
Patricia McCormick is a former journalist and a two-time National Book Award finalist whose books include Cut, Sold, Never Fall Down, The Plot to Kill Hitler, Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero, and the young readers edition of I Am Malala. Patricia lives in New York. You can visit her online at www.pattymccormick.com.
Adapted with McCormick from the adult bestseller, this inspiring memoir by activist Yousafzai sketches her brave actions to champion education in Pakistan under the Taliban...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.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Ms. Yousafzai has single-handedly turned the issue of the right of girls-and all children-to be educated into headline news. And she is a figure worth hearing.-- "Financial Times (London)"
A riveting memoir...this is a book that should be read not only for its vivid drama but for its urgent message about the untapped power of girls.-- "Washington Post"
In a work this personal and important, it's vital to utilize a reader who engages the listener and renders an authentic interpretation of the writer, both physically and emotionally. Neela Vaswani does this admirably. She sounds like Westerners would imagine Malala Yousafzai, now slightly older than when we first heard of her, would sound. Malala is the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban when she spoke out in favor of girls going to school. Vaswani's Indian accent is far from overpowering, and her diction is crisp and easy on the ear. Her cadence also adds to the realism of the reading. While the book is aimed at young adults, adult listeners should find equal pleasure in this book. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.-- "AudioFile"