New book from Malala Yousafzai details journey from schoolgirl to activist

Jill Lawless – Globe and Mail – Friday, 10 October 2013 (originally published 08 Oct)

Malala Yousafzai
In this Friday Sept. 6, 2013 file photo, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot and injured by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education, poses for photographers after being awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize 2013 during a ceremony in the Hall of Knights in The Hague, Netherlands.
Image: Peter Dejong/AP

A year ago, Malala Yousafzai was a 15-year-old schoolgirl in northwest Pakistan, thinking about calculus and chemistry, Justin Bieber songs and Twilight movies.

Today she’s the world-famous survivor of a Taliban assassination attempt, an activist for girls’ education – and a contender to win the Nobel Peace Prize later this week.

The memoir I Am Malala goes some way toward redressing that balance. Published around the world on Tuesday, the book reveals a girl who likes Ugly Betty and the cooking show Masterchef, worries about her clothes and her hair, but also has an iron determination that comes from experience beyond her 16 years . . .

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