Lisa Williamson, illustrated by Mike Smith
(David Fickling Books, First Names series)
From an early age Malala Yousafzai was determined to be educated. Living in Pakistan however, where most girls did not even go to school, made her ambition very difficult to achieve. She was inspired by her father, who campaigned for equality in education. She stood up for her rights, but doing so meant she made very powerful enemies, not least the Pakistan Taliban.
One day her school bus was ambushed and the Taliban shot her in the head. She nearly died. Her plight became an international controversy and at the same time she became an inspiration around the world.
At the end of the book we learn about how Malala’s example inspired people around the world. Education projects in countries as diverse as Guatemala, Nepal, Nigeria and Iraq are featured. There is also a complete timeline of the key events in Malala’s life.https://www.malala.org
Malala is a beacon of hope for girls’ educational equality. Read about other inspirational people who stood up for their rights and against oppression, such as Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. These books are also available in the Bookwagon on line store.
Read more about Malala in the Malala.org web site https://www.malala.org