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Malala Yousafzai (She Dared)

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Malala Yousafzai (She Dared)

Author Jenni L. Walsh’s new series, She Dared, starts off with books about Nobel Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai and surfer Bethany Hamilton. Both girls exhibit characteristics about daring to keep going in the face of adversity.

Malala grew up in Mingora, Pakistan. Her father was a teacher and believed that all people should have an education, even girls. He encouraged Malala to study hard and pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. Malala went to school with other girls in her city, learning math and science and history and other subjects. When the Taliban took over the area, they threatened to shut down the school that Malala attended. Even under threats of violence Malala went to school.

"Walsh writes in a style that is both informative and engaging, providing the reader with lots of interesting and useful information and doing so with a strong narrative."

But one day the bus she was riding was overtaken by Taliban fighters. Malala and two other girls on the bus were shot; Malala was critically wounded. Even though she nearly died because she “dared” to go to school, that didn’t stop her from spreading her message of equality and the importance of education. In 2014, at the age of 17, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and became the youngest person to ever receive the prize.

The author includes additional information in each book. Both books have sections of color pictures, several pages long, inserted into the middle of the book. There is also more at the end of each book: MALALA YOUSAFZAI has a Glossary of terms used throughout the book. Each book also includes a Recommended Reading List and a Bibliography.

Walsh writes in a style that is both informative and engaging, providing the reader with lots of interesting and useful information and doing so with a strong narrative.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on January 30, 2019

Malala Yousafzai (She Dared)
(She Dared #2)
by Jenni L. Walsh