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We’ve all heard the splashy headline version of Malala Yousafzai’s life story: an outspoken advocate for womens’ right to education from a young age, Yousafzai spent her teen years and speaking about the importance of education for every child, defying the Taliban’s decrees regarding how women should dress, speak, and behave – until they attempted to silence her for good. But not even a bullet to the head could stop Malala Yousafzai. Years later, I am Malala is the fuller context of Yousafzai’s story – the story of her family, her experiences, and of the home that she loved in Pakistan. I loved hearing about her childhood, her love for learning, and her boundless determination and selflessness. But to my delight, Yousafzai has mixed in stories of herself as just a regular girl – fighting with her best friend, annoying her brothers, sleeping too late and arriving late for school. I am Malala is a great mix of inspiration and information, and young readers will love learning about how a girl just like them changed the world with her big ideas. I chose the audiobook format, and I am so glad I did – although it doesn’t look nearly as beautiful as the regular cover, narrator Archie Panjabi’s silky voice and effortless pronunciation of words that would have tripped me up while reading more than makes up for it. This young reader’s edition of Malala Yousafzai’s biography makes the big, scary story of the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient accessible, appropriate, and easy to understand. Everyone needs to hear Malala Yousafzai’s story. Malala will inspire: for both girls feeling limited and those unaware of just how good they have it, alike. #malalayousafzai #bookreview #iammalala #bethechange #feminist #weneeddiversebooks #readthis
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