|I Am Malala : How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World: Young Reader's Edition
|by Yousafzai, Malala; McCormick, Patricia
|Part One Before the Taliban|
|5 The First Direct Threat||32||(7)|
|Part Two A Shadow over Our Valley|
|10 2008: What Terrorism Feels Like||60||(9)|
|Part Three Finding My Voice|
|18 A Humble Request and a Strange Peace||107||(4)|
|20 A Death Threat against Me||117||(3)|
|Part Five A New Life, Far from Home|
|24 A Place Called Birmingham||133||(5)|
|30 Messages from Around the World||165||(2)|
|34 The One Thing We All Know||182||(4)|
|Epilogue: One Girl Among Many||189||(6)|
|A Time Line of Important Events||209||(18)|
|A Note on the Malala Fund||227||(2)|
|About the Authors||229|
Documents the educational pursuits of the Nobel Peace Prize nominee who became an international symbol of hope and inspiration when she challenged the traditions of her Pakistan community, offering insight into the influential role of her courageous father. 125,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.
Malala Yousafzai was born in 1997 in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. In her short lifetime, she has already experienced devastating changes in her country, which has been transformed from a once peaceful land to a hotbed of terrorism. Malala, who now lives in Birmingham, England, says she has been given a second life, which she intends to devote to the good of the people and her belief that all girls everywhere deserve an education. The fund she started can be found at MalalaFund.org.
The young reader's edition of Malala Yousafzai's 2013 memoir for adults loses none of its power in its transition to a new audience. At times earnest and somber, at others irreverent and playful, the 17-year-old details her experiences as an advocate for education in Pakistan-especially for women-both before and after she became a target of the Taliban. Although her efforts to attend school, and the subsequent attack she endured, make for a powerful story, Yousafzai writes just as vividly about her daily life as a child in Pakistan. As young readers draw parallels between their own lives and the everyday experiences of Yousafzai and her friends, they'll gain invaluable perspective on a country so often stigmatized by the media. Yousafzai's fresh, straightforward voice creates an easily read narrative that will introduce a slew of younger readers to both her story and her mission. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot for her activism for girls' education, tells her story for a middle-grade audience.Although billed as a "young readers edition" of Yousafzai's 2013 book of the same name for adults, co-written with Christina Lamb, the designation does the book a disservice, as this is no simple redaction. With the capable assistance of co-author McCormick, the account has been effectively rewritten specifically for children. The story is straightforward, related chronologically and covering Yousafzai's growth in activism, her shooting and her recovery in England. Yousafzai's voice is appealingly youthful, though it often tells rather than shows and frequently goes over the top: In her school, she writes, "we flew on wings of knowledge." Still, young Western readers will come to understand the gulf that separates them from Yousafzai through carefully chosen anecdotes, helping them see what drives her to such lyrical extremes. Unfortunately, much is los t in the translation from the adult book, presumably sacrificed for brevity and directness; most lamentable is social and political context. Although readers will come away with a good understanding of Yousafzai's immediate experiences, the geopolitical forces that shape her culture go largely unmentioned except in a closing timeline that amounts to a dizzying list of regime changes. Though Yousafzai's memoir never transcends her story, that story is a powerful and inspiring one; supplemented by contextualizing information, it should pack quite a wallop. (glossary) (Memoir. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2014 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.