Malala Activist for Girls' Education

Written by Raphaëlle Frier | Illustrated by Aurélia Fronty | Translated by Julie Cormier
Charlesbridge | February 7, 2017

Malala's voice is loud and strong and is for all girls around the world.

Malala Yousafzai stood up to the Taliban and fought for the right for all girls to receive an education. When she was just fifteen-years-old, the Taliban attempted to kill Malala, but even this did not stop her activism. At age eighteen Malala became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work to ensure the education of all children around the world.

Malala's courage and conviction will inspire young readers in this beautifully illustrated biography.

Raphaëlle Frier (author) is an elementary school teacher. She has written fourteen books for children, including The Ogre and Marguerite (Talents Hauts) and Room with a View (Thierry Magnier). Raphaëlle lives in France.

Aurélia Fronty (illustrator) attended the Duperré School of Applied Arts in Paris. Aurélia has illustrated many books for children including Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees and I Have the Right to Be a Child (Groundwood). She lives in France.

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"A realistic and inspiring look at Malala Yousafzai's childhood in Taliban-controlled Pakistan and her struggle to ensure education for girls."--Kirkus Reviews

"Most recent biographies of Malala Yousafzai are for early readers. This French import stands out for its vivid, naive illustrations, its present-tense narration, and the pages that stress Yousafzai’s ongoing, post-Nobel efforts to bring education to girls in other nations. The paintings and folk designs are bright and positive, and the shooting scene is depicted sensitively. Translator Cormier’s clear text uses mostly simple sentences and vocabulary.Only in the back matter is Islam briefly mentioned, along with Yousafzai’s rejection of fundamentalism. The book does not present her as a victim and emphasizes her family’s support and the help she received from others: she isn’t fighting cultural traditions alone"--School Library Journal

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