Sunday, August 2, 2015

For the Right to Learn, by Rebeca Langston-George, illustrated by Janna Bock

Sometimes bravery is simply insisting that what is right, is right.  Rebecca Langston-George, with the help of Janna Brock's illustrations, tells a modern tale of bravery in For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story.  When the Taliban took over the Swat Valley region of Pakistan, they insisted that girls should not be allowed to attend school.  Malala Yousafzai, whose father was a teacher passionate about education for boys and girls, was not about to give up her right to learn.  She turned her opposition to the Taliban's restrictions into a blog and came to  be known around the world for her outspoken advocacy.

As her fame grew, so did the Taliban's desire to shut her up.  But she fearlessly continued.  Soon they tracked her down and shot her.  Miraculously, she survived.  She ended up becoming the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  Langston-George tells Malala's story well.  It deserves to be heard by young people all over the world.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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