My 11-year old son read this and was so touched and inspired by Malala's story. He normally only likes to read sci-fi, so I was shocked when he came back to me after reading the book with tears in his eyes, saying how grateful and inspired this book was for him. Nothing has ever moved him the way this story did. I highly recommend this story to any Tweens and teens. It is sure to inspire empathy and understanding.
This is a great, inspiring story that every girl should read. My 9 year old read it in her book club and all the girls were inspired by Malala and could also relate to her. She describes herself and her thoughts in such a way that the reader understands Malala, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, to be a real, young girl with a silly and real side as well. The content, while disturbing at times, was written gently for a young audience. It serves to educate a young audience about an important aspect of the world without overburdening a young reader with too much suffering and negativity.The book offered my daughter an opportunity to learn, ask questions, and be inspired by a Arabic young girl so much like her American, white, and Filipino self.
What a great way to share Malala's life with students. We used this book as a optional book club selection for 4th and 5th graders. They were so intrigued to learn about her, having heard her name on the news. We were excited to read how she was a regular girl, and family member, but how she had the strength and courage to stand up for herself and other girls, regardless of the personal danger this raised. Her voice is very clear, and my students felt like they "got to know her" well. It made them realize that they too could raise their "voices" and become self advocates in their own lives.
This is a great book for young girls to read or anyone for that matter I bought it for my 11 year old granddaughter but before she got to read it my wife read it and enjoyed. My granddaughter also read this book and enjoyed it as it is also very educational about real life.
Bought this for my 9 year-old granddaughter for Xmas. Before the evening was over, she'd already read the first few dozen pages. It was one of her favorite gifts! I'd recently read the adult edition and knew it was a story that I wanted my brave and creative girl to read. I'm very happy I made that choice. Obviously, some of the cultural-specific language is a bit difficult but overall it is incredibly engaging at an advanced reading level for a pre-teen or young adult. And it is so much more than the tale of Malala getting shot by the Taliban. It is a wonderful history of Pakistan, the history of the Swat Valley, the cultural differences that permeate that region of the world, the importance of education, the role parents play in helping children develop strong values, and more.
How can the recounting of an experience like this be anything less than awesome? Simply written so even young readers can understand. Not only did I relive Malala's experience, I finally understand what has happened in Pakistan over the past twenty years.
This is a very well written, thought provoking book I typically don't buy printed books but I thought this was one that I should have for my collection, and I was not disappointed. Malala was an amazing child and has grown into a woman of great inspiration. I think everyone should read this book to gain a better understanding of the plights that women around the world are still facing to today, and the great lengths people are going to for change.
My 13 y/o daughter selected this book for a school project. She said they should make this book a mandatory read for all kids so they can understand how lucky they are to be able to go to school without fear. She was inspired and saddened by the story. This version is well written for younger readers.
My daughter and I loved this story! I highly recommend reading with your child. It’s a well written story with so many teaching points. You will be glad to have spent time with your child while reading this book.
I've been impressed with Malala from the first moment I heard her speak. She is wise beyond her years. I loved reading about her family life, what it was like growing up in a small town in Pakistan and her passion for learning. I had read about her being shot but did not know any details. She is very lucky to be alive. I love her positive attitude, her compassion for others and her fighting spirit. I highly recommend this book.