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I Am Malala is a nonfiction account of Malala Yousafzai, a girl who was just ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. The Taliban declared that music was a crime, that women weren't allowed to go to the market, and that girls couldn't go to school. Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believed in, so she decided to fight for her right to be educated. On October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause when she was shot at point-blank range while riding the bus on her way home from school. Nobody expected her to survive. Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest, and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In this Young Readers Edition of her memoir, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world—and did. I Am Malala will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles, and the possibility that one person can inspire change in her community and beyond.
Topics covered in this book include women's rights, Islam, bravery, education, freedom, family, and loss.
Lexile Measure: 830L
©2016. Elementary school, middle school. Grades 5 and up. 5 x 8 inches. Softcover. 256 pages.