Good Reading : November 2014
GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING NOVEMBER 2014 62 Malala: The girl who stood up for education and changed the world Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick In Pakistan’s northern city of Mingora, Malala Yousafzai lived like any other schoolgirl: studying hard, playing with her friends and spending time with her family. But in 2005 her life changed when Taliban terrorists imposed a strict religious regime that renounced Western ideas and influences. Malala’s father was the principal of the school for girls that Malala attended, which the Taliban wanted to shut down. But Malala’s father refused to give in to their demands, and Malala secretly continued to go to school. With her father’s support, the then 12-year-old began campaigning across the country, speaking publicly about education and rights for women and children in Pakistan. In 2012, Malala was travelling by bus on her way to school with her classmates when a Taliban soldier stopped the bus, targeted Malala and shot her in the head. A week later Malala woke from a coma in a Birmingham hospital and began weeks of rehabilitation to heal her injuries and recover her speech and hear ing. Still threatened by the Taliban, Malala’s family was relocated to England, where Malala resumed her campaign for education and rights for women and children. Reading this memoir about daily life under the threat of terrorism was enlightening, and learning of Malala’s courage was inspiring as she fought for her freedom, rights and a future. ★★★★ Indigo $19.99 Reviewed by Fotini Dangiris for education and rights for women and WORDOFMOUTH ★ Disappointing ★★ Worth a read ★★★ A good read ★★★★ Highly recommended ★★★★★ Outstanding RG Recommended for reading groups READ AN ONLINE EXTRACT WATCH A VIDEO DOWNLOAD A RECIPE DOWNLOAD TEACHERS’ NOTES DOWNLOAD BOOK CLUB NOTES Here in the non-fiction section of Word of Mouth you can read reviews of biographies, memoirs, travellers’ tales, historical events, food books, guides to living from philosophers, sociologists and everyday people – and more. If you feel inspired you can write your own review of any of the books in this section on our website. Check out our website at goodreadingmagazine.com.au. ONLINE EXTRAS RATINGS More about Malala Yousafzai Education activist Malala Yousafzai, who is just 17 years old, was recently awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. www.aampersanda.com A&A Book Publishing An imprint of www.shortstoppress.com Available from all good bookstores and online at: http://aampersanda.com/facebook http://aampersanda.com/twitter Sylvia McNeall “Papa, Papa, there are Russian soldiers on the bridge!” e true story of three generations of an Estonian family, fleeing the tyranny of communism during the Russian Revolution in Moscow and prior and post World War II in Germany, displacement and final immigration to Australia.
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