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Malala Yousafzai (She Dared)

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Meet Malala. Get inspired.

Malala Yousafzai always knew she wanted to become a doctor someday. But a new extremist group in her home country of Pakistan wanted to stop girls from going to school.Malala knew what was important, and so she spoke out. Even after she was attacked on a bus for her views, she persisted.Learn about Malala's incredible recovery and her journey to b
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by Scholastic Nonfiction
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Jul 21, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: arc, girl-power
I have mixed feelings about this book! It's really well-written, but as I study anti-racism theory and work on my anti-racist praxis, one of the questions that comes up for me as a white researcher and writer again and again is: can white authors do complete justice to modern and historical figures of color (plenty of examples where white gaze and white lens get fundamentally in the way of telling narrative non-fiction about POC); can Americans do complete justice to the stories of non-Americans ...more
Heather Pearson
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Excellent telling of the story of Malala Yousafzai.

When her education became threatened by the Taliban, eleven year old Malala began speaking out in favour of education for girls and boys. It was their best weapon against poverty and ignorance. A few years later, the Taliban attempted to kill her. She survived. Though he recovery was difficult she did manage to continue her education Most importantly, she continued to speak out in support of education for all children.

I was quite surprised by ho
Pumkin pie
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-books
Very good. Really liked the facts
Jenni Walsh
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-babes
Dear librarians, parents, educators, and readers,

I was so inspired while writing Malala's and Bethany's stories and I hope you'll be inspired while reading. A large thank you to the following booksellers and reviewers for their kind words!

"In this engaging and informative book, Jenni L Walsh distills Malala Yousafzai's complicated, violent history into one that will neither scare nor intimidate young readers. It introduces the global refugee crisis and the violence that exists around the world a
Lara Samuels
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book presents itself as a “nonfiction with literary elements”. It contains imagined dialogue which is shared only on the verso. Additionally, it isn’t clear that the author spoke to Malala or incorporated direct quotes. If quotes are used, there isn’t a distinction between fictional conversations and sources are not attributed. So while quite readable, this is a questionable purchase. I will continue to look for more suitable titles.
Felicia Gant
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book for young readers on determination, keeping peace and fighting for what we believe in! Very well written and not graphic at all in the horrible way Malala was injured. I encourage all boys & girls to read this story about one brave girl!
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Malala is a brave young girl who wanted to go to school. I know right, wanted to go to school, but she wasn't allowed to because the people who controlled her country decided that girls shouldn't go to school. Well, more like the people who took control of her country decided that girls shouldn't go to school. So, she decided she was going to speak out about all of this. She was going to make sure the world knew what was going on in her country, but one day she was shot. She almost died, but she ...more
Gail Shepherd
This wonderful middle grade "She Dared" series from Scholastic launches in January 2019 with the inspiring stories of two women (Malala Yousafzai and champion surfer Bethany Hamilton) who overcame great odds to make a difference, and in some ways changed the world (or at least our perceptions of what young women can be and do). Most of us know Malala's story, or the highlights of it -- she was targeted by the Taliban for the crime of pursuing an education-- but what Jenni Walsh has done here is ...more
Morgan A
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book paints an excellent picture of Malala's beautiful community, Swat Valley, located in Pakistan. Malala's world is seemingly perfect until it is rudely interrupted by the Pakistani Taliban. It's important for readers to understand Malala's passion for learning about the world around her; she takes her studies very seriously. Because of the Taliban's cruelty, they threaten that women are not allowed to leave the house to visit the market, nor are they allowed to attend school. This, of co ...more
Julie Overpeck
Thank you to the Kid Lit Exchange network for a preview copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Malala Yousafsai and Bethany Hamilton are featured as part of a set of biographies planned by Scholastic. The stories in the book were familiar to me because I have read Soul Surfer and I Am Malala, sources for these books, but they might be new to young readers learning about these young women for the first time. I like that the author wrote about the importance of faith in both girls' lives, sin
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She Dared: Malala Yousafzai by Jenni L. Walsh, 128 pages. Scholastic, 2019. $7.

Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.



Malala lived in Pakistan with her parents and two brothers. She dreamed of becoming a doctor and loved everything to do with school. When the Taliban leaders start to infringe on the rights of the people in her community, Malala starts to speak out against the oppression. She is targeted by the Taliban
Molly Campbell
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng-4130
This is a biography about Malala Yousafzai. The book begins with Malala's first experience with the Taliban. Malala's father is constantly speaking out against the Taliban. Malala joins in the fight, speaking out against the Taliban's ban on girl's education. This book follows the story of Malala as she fights for her right for an education, and the trials that come with fighting against the Taliban.

I absolutely loved this book. I was so inspired to hear the story of Malala. I love the way the
Carolyn Menke
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An inspirational story of perseverance, Malala Yousafzai (She Dared) follows the life of one exceptional young woman who risked her life to stand up for others. At a young age, Malala knew she wanted to become a doctor. It wouldn't be easy, but it was possible, until an extremist group puts her community, her family, her dream, and her life at risk. What happens next is masterfully told by Jenni L. Walsh, appropriate for middle grade readers. Malala is the role model I want for my own daughters ...more
Kelley Mitchell
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Humans are capable of amazing things. That Malala would continue to beat her drum for freedom after the obstacles in her life is amazing. That she would hold true to her faith and to her heritage even while trying to change the role of women is amazing. That she would, at such a young age, pick up the gauntlet of change for girls all over the world is amazing. It makes you realize how fortunate you are to live in a time and place where girls are treated the way we are, and how important it is to ...more
Ashley Stokes
Apr 28, 2021 added it
Shelves: history
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Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anyone wanting to read about this stunning education advocate should start with her autobiography (I am Malala). However, this book covers the important events of Malala's story and adds events that happened after the autobiography.
This book may be an easier/faster read for an elementary or middle school group. I hope many more will write her story and I will try and fill my library with every one of them!
Amy Giannini
I read this with my 9 year old daughter. It was very well written, and hit some very heavy topics in the most age appropriate way possible. It gave us a great opportunity to begin discussing some of the advantages she enjoys as an American girl. I am anxiously awaiting more releases by this author, in this series (we can't read Bethany Hamilton until after we get a chance to take her to Hawaii, lol). ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was done very well. As a third grade teacher, I really appreciated how the author explained cultural differences that my students would otherwise not understand. The author did a great job of keeping the focus on Malala’s dream of being able to get an education as her number one priority.
Kid Square
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book about Malala was amazing. I never knew one could be so courageous at such a young age. Malala is a role model to many children across the world. Malalla faces many battles throughout her childhood. The book is an easy to read and understand. In the story Malala's father encourages her to follow her education and dreams.
-8 Year old
Malayna Evans
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this inspiring story. Writing is pitch perfect, story is engrossing, pages wouldn't turn fast enough. My 10 yo daughter enjoyed it with me and I can't wait to read more of Jenni Walsh's work--so good! ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good easy read. This book is great for people who don't want to read the bigger book I Am Malala but still want to hear her story! I loved how she always continued her passion for education as you will see in the book. This book overall has s many details and is very good!!!! ...more
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-non-fiction
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Laura Gardner
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent elem/middle grade biography. Well written and inspirational!
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great, simple biography. I enjoyed reading about what Malala has done for girls around the world.
Liz Garden
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Always love reading about Malala's brave story. ...more
Shauna Yusko
Good intro for younger readers.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was a fun and exciting book.
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So creative and detailed 😊
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quick YA read. Her story is one I have meant to look into for some time.
Deborah Kim
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read this aloud with my 2nd grader and then watched the movie on Netflix. Love that it made her story accessible to young readers.
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Jenni L. Walsh spends her days knee deep in words in Philadelphia’s suburbia. Beyond words, Jenni is a mama (of an soulful seven-year-old, an dinosaur-loving four-year-old, and two needy furbabies), a wife, a Philly and 'Nova sports fan..

But where did it all begin? Jenni spent her early years dabbling in various forms of writing and with her nose in a book. Her writing chops first began to develop

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