Title: “For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story
Author: Rebecca Langston-George
Publication: August 1, 2015
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
She grew up in a world where women were supposed to be quiet. But Malala Yousafzai refused to be silent. She defied the Taliban’s rules, spoke out for education for every girl, and was almost killed for her beliefs. This powerful true story of how one brave girl named Malala changed the world proves that one person really can make a difference.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
I give praise to Rebecca Langston-George for taking the Malala Yousafzai story and turning it into a children’s book. Too many times do we block children from stories that involve violence because we don’t want to scare them or scar them. In this case, Malala’s story is inspirational and I love that children can now see what one young girl went through in order to help out so many others.
Malala Yousafzai’s story is about her leading the way in Pakistan to make it so all young girls had the right to education, all while the Taliban was tearing apart the city and threatening her life for breaking their rules. With daily threats, gunfire, explosions, and even a major, life-threatening injury, Malala was able to overcome all odds and win a Nobel Peace Prize for her work. Believing all children deserve an education regardless of their gender, Malala’s story is inspirational.
Langston-George put this story to paper with colorful and realistic pictures, but kept the violence in the very minimal. She was able to portray the terror Malala and her fellow classmates face without taking away the children friend portion. She delivered the same message Malala would have wanted and did it in a way that is friendly to the whole family. I love this book and I cannot wait to share it with my seven year old daughter to show her it is ok to stand up for what you believe in.
Pick up your copy of “For the Right to Learn” by Rebecca Langston-George on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at your local bookstore. Also leave your feedback for the author on Goodreads and add it to your TO READ list. No matter your age, you won’t regret it.