Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala

By: Lina Maslo

The inspiring true story of Malala Yousafzai, human rights activist and the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, from debut author/illustrator Lina Maslo.

ISBN: 9780062560773

JLG Release: Jun 2018


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This straightforward chronicle of one exceptional girl’s fearless efforts to pursue her education presents the true story of Malala Yousafzai, who believes that “one child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.” When Yousafzai is born, her parents proudly name her after a Pashtun heroine. From a very young age, This straightforward chronicle of one exceptional girl’s fearless efforts to pursue her education presents the true story of Malala Yousafzai, who believes that “one child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.” When Yousafzai is born, her parents proudly name her after a Pashtun heroine. From a very young age, she dreams of being free like the colorful kites her brothers fly from the roof. Despite society’s restrictions, Yousafzai’s father refuses to clip her wings. They both become advocates for education for girls. The Taliban brings war into the Swat Valley and tries to silence Yousafzai (Maslo does not include details of how she is injured). The brave girl wakes up in the hospital in England and after recovering, continues to speak out for “those without a voice.” Maslo’s acrylic-and-ink illustrations portray Yousafzai, her family, and friends in a graphic novel—like style. She uses color and shadow effectively to create suspense and emotion. In one evocative picture, Yousafzai flies free over the mountains surrounded by vibrant kites and birds. An informative author’s note and time line provide additional facts about this champion’s life. VERDICT Timeless in its message, this biography is a fine addition to nonfiction collections.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston

Book Details

ISBN

9780062560773

First Release

June 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

10" x 8"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.7; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 640L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Balzer + Bray

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Allusion to attempted murder

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