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MALALA by Raphaëlle Frier


Activist for Girls' Education

by Raphaëlle Frier ; illustrated by Aurélia Fronty

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: Feb. 7th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-58089-785-3
Publisher: Charlesbridge

A fight for girls’ education.

Opinionated, vocal, and resilient, Malala Yousafzai stood up for herself and for girls everywhere when the Taliban destroyed schools in her native Pakistan. Striking illustrations, evocative of the Pakistani landscape and of Malala’s own hopes and dreams, show Malala and her world in intricate and colorful detail, while straightforward text depicts her childhood and family life in the mountains and valleys of Pakistan and describes the growth of her determination to improve opportunities for girls in her own country and elsewhere. The Taliban’s assassination attempt is dealt with sensitively and honestly, with a focus on her ultimate recovery and return to work as an outspoken advocate for children, girls, and education. Children will find much to be inspired by and empathize with here, from Malala’s warm and supportive family, her stalwart belief in doing what is right, her concern for the lives of others and her determination to help them, and her own words: “One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.” Extensive notes and photographs are included in the backmatter, as well as a timeline, map, and further reading.

A realistic and inspiring look at Malala Yousafzai’s childhood in Taliban-controlled Pakistan and her struggle to ensure education for girls. (Picture book. 6-10)