Monday, November 27, 2017

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai - ESSENTIAL

Yousafzai, Malala with Patricia McCormick I am Malala : How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) NON FICTION 197 pgs. Scholastic, 2014.  Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG13 (beatings and other terrorist violence)  

From the time she was a little girl, Malala has valued her education - her father is the principal of a Primary school, a school for boys and a school for girls. But when the Taliban takes over her hometown of Swat, and it becomes dangerous for everyone, especially women, Malala speaks out for education:  to the government, TV stations, even internationally.  One day, on her way home from school, she is targeted by terrorists and shot in the head along with two of her classmates.  

This is a story of resilience, perseverance and hope. In our American society, education isn’t always valued, and so this story of people who put their lives on the line just to go to school is a valuable lesson.  I loved the insight into this culture - the clothing, the religious rules, the societal differences between men and women - all part of what makes Malala such a great role model.  

MS, HS ESSENTIAL  Lisa Librarian

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