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Taking the bull by the horn,Young Malala Yousafzai is an inspiration to many, but especially to young girls, for her example of standing up for what she believed in even when it meant risking her life. Her story is told for the benefit of this age group in this young readers edition of “I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World,” written by Yousafzai with author Patricia McCormick.

Yousafzai didn’t let her age or social status hold her back from changing the world, and now her story is written in a way more accessible to the younger generation to help them learn about her important cause.

In this version, Yousafzai, now 18 years old, seeks to show other young people that she always saw herself as nothing but a regular Pakistani girl who just wanted to go to school. She shares how the Taliban tried to take away that right and threatened the life of her father, who ran the school she and other girls her age attended, and how she responded by speaking out. She wrote a blog for BBC Urdu and was featured in a New York Times documentary. She took every available opportunity to speak publicly about her cause even though she knew it put her life in danger.

 In October 2012, then 15-year-old Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the face while riding a bus home from school. She was flown to Birmingham, England, for treatment and woke up miles away from her home and family, not knowing what had happened to her. She shares how her first response when she saw the results of her injury in the mirror was not that of fear; instead, she said, “I wasn’t sad. I wasn’t scared. I just thought: It doesn’t matter what I look like. I am alive. I was thankful.”

Today, Yousafzai is the youngest person ever to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Though she cannot return home to Pakistan, she continues to fight for her cause to ensure that everyone is able to get an education. Her resilience and courage make her a role model that every young girl could learn from.

The book contains no swearing or sexual content. There is some generally described violence involving the Taliban’s actions.

Malala Yousafzai is a name you are not soon to forget.  Malala is a teenager who dared to defy the Taliban, which resulted in her being shot in the head for campaigning girl’s education. That one event allowed her to create a huge impact on the entire world.

Malala faced a hard life back in Pakistan. She became an educational activist at the young age of 11. Her inspirational speeches brought upon death threats from the Taliban because of her initiative towards every girls’ right to receive an education.

Now a year later, at the age of 16 Malala is recovered and already has made quite an impact on our world. On the Daily Show, Malala said that, “we are human beings and this is part of our human nature, that we don’t learn the importance of anything until it is snatched from our hands.” In the interview Malala expresses the importance of education and describes why it is such an important tool for women. She continues to speak out and fight rather than to hide in fear.

Malala is recognized around the world as a symbol of bravery. She is a true inspiration and is proof of the power of nonviolence.  she  won the European Union’s annual human rights award. The distinct honour was decided after a vote among the heads of all the political groups in the 750-member british parliament.

Her passion for education earned her the world’s ears as she recently wrote her own book, I Am Malala. In her book, Malala describes her thirst for education and how she was deprived of it because of the Taliban. Her story of perseverance is inspiring and the memoir a recommended read.

Clearly, it is undeniable that Malala Yousafzai is an inspirational figure and she is incredibly wise beyond her years.

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