MalalaMalala: Activist for Girls’ Education, Raphaele Frier, Charlesbridge, 2017.

In October of 2012, Malala Yousafzai was tossed into the mainstream media after the Taliban attempted to take her life. Malala was targeted because he was a girl receiving an education. Her father was targeted because he not only allowed her to get an education, he ran the school for girls.

After recovering from her injuries, Malala became a force to be reckoned with. She used her young voice to advocate for girls’ education. At the age of eighteen, she became the youngest person awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Biography with a Purpose

Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education is a beautifully illustrated biography for young readers. The courage and conviction of this young woman will inspire young readers – girls and boys – to find their voice and boldly speak up for others. This account of Malala’s life does not shy away from the horrible actions taken against her or her people. It is a bold and precise account. By telling Malala’s story, it calls attention to the inhumane actions that were (and still are) taking place, as well as encourages us all that we can do something.

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Bonus Material

An added bonus to this book are a couple of “chapters” at the end. These include information about Malala’s country; the situation of education for girls in Pakistan; her religion; and her inspirations. Not only do these sections of the book offer more information, they provide a certain depthness of understanding to the cultural context of this brave, young woman.

In short, this is an incredible book, available February 2017, worthy of any library or classroom. You can get your own copy by clicking on the image below:

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital review copy.