When 11-year-old blogger Malala Yousafzai began detailing her experiences in the Swat Valley of Pakistan for the BBC, she had no idea what momentous changes were coming in her life.
Her father, Ziauddin, a school founder and dedicated teacher, was outspoken in his belief that girls had a right to an education. As they continued to speak out against restrictions imposed by extremists, Ziauddin received constant death threats. But it was Malala who was almost killed, shot in the head by a gunman on her way home from school.
Instead of being cowed by this horrific attack, Malala began to use the international attention she attracted to advocate for the cause of girls’ education worldwide. At the age of 17, Malala became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala has continued to focus on the effort to give all girls safe schools, qualified teachers, and the materials they need to learn. The film He Named Me Malala both celebrates her dedication to this cause and gives the viewer insight into her motivation.
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Students Share Book Reviews that Inspire Them to Be Like Malala
- Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
- Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
- The Freedom Writers Diary, The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell
- The Watsons Go to Birmingham, Christopher Paul Curtis
- The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
- Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto
- The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
- Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
- Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
- A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry