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Malala Yousafzai: Education Activist
     

Malala Yousafzai: Education Activist

by Rebecca Rowell
 

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Who inspires you? Who do you think has changed the world?… For better or for worse? Throughout history, there have been those whose extraordinary ideas have shaped today's world. Essential Lives offers access to these incredible individuals and their stories. Learn about their families and educational backgrounds. Study what inspired them. Read how they

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Who inspires you? Who do you think has changed the world?… For better or for worse? Throughout history, there have been those whose extraordinary ideas have shaped today's world. Essential Lives offers access to these incredible individuals and their stories. Learn about their families and educational backgrounds. Study what inspired them. Read how they overcame challenges and persevered through failure to impact humanity. Delve in and discover how these Essential Lives changed the course of history and continue to inspire people today.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
On October 9, 2012, fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai and her classmates were riding a bus home from school in Mingora, a city in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Suddenly, a man waved down the driver, while another ran to the back of the vehicle and demanded to know which girl was Malala. When she identified herself, Malala was shot point blank and fell immediately, critically wounded. The world reacted with outrage and honors; Malala became famous. This volume of the “Essential Lives” series tells her story from early advocacy of education for girls—in the face of Taliban demands to close girls’ schools—to her present recovery and residence in England. Several chapters describe her unusual educator father and her courage in opposing the Taliban by speaking, blogging, and repeatedly asserting the right of girls to education. Teen readers will learn about Islam, politics in Pakistan, and the takeover of the Swat Valley by the Taliban, where they killed, destroyed, and terrorized the population, especially women. Many chose to flee, including Malala’s family; though they later returned and her father reopened his school. As she fought for her life, Malala became an inspiration for protestors and efforts to end Taliban violence. Rowell concludes that prospects of such are dim and “Pakistan’s future is uncertain.” While readers will be relieved to know that Malala has mostly recovered and is attending college in England, they should note that her attackers and their leader are still at large. The book includes many color photos and sidebars with interesting details documenting this young woman’s outstanding courage as she continues to inspire others with her work. Source notes and a bibliography will be helpful for discussion and further research on violence against women and international denial of women’s rights. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft; Ages 12 up.
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 6–10—These biographies each begin with a pivotal event in the subject's life. After that, Jonas Salk and Pope Francis follow a traditional chronological biography framework, while Malala Yousafzai contains chapters on Pakistan, Islam, and the Taliban to give readers context. The authors don't hesitate to discuss controversies in the lives of the subjects; for example, Pope Francis includes information about Argentina's Dirty War and the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal. Each book ends with a time line and page of essential facts (a short overview of the subject's life useful to readers who don't need all the details of a full biography). The texts are broken up with color photos and sidebars featuring quotes and information on related people and issues (for example, the Catholic Church hierarchy). Sometimes the placement can be problematic; in Malala, the term "Pashtun" appears several pages before the sidebar that explains it. Unfortunately, the writing in these titles tends to read like reports; the subjects do not come to life.—Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617838972
Publisher:
ABDO Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/01/2013
Series:
Essential Lives Series: Set 8
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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