Nomination: I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

malalaYousafzai, Malala. I am Malala:The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. 2013. 352p. Little, Brown and Company, $26.00.  (978-0316322409). Gr. 8-12.

In October 2012, 15-year old Malala Yousafzai was on her way home from school when she was shot point-blank in the head by a Taliban soldier. The supposed reason for this brutal attack? Malala’s refusal to back down from her right to an education. I am Malala vividly describes Yousafzai’s childhood and the political upheaval and religious fundamentalism that has underscored the oppression of women in Pakistan. Recovered from her attack, Malala has come back stronger than ever, engaging in conscious-raising and serving as an inspiration to girls and women all over the world.

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