February 22, 2018

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Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize

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i am malala 192x300 Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace PrizeI thought readers here might be interested to know, if they hadn’t heard already, that Malala Yousafzai has just been named a co-recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Malala is, of course, the author of I Am Malala–reviewed here back in December–which chronicles her struggle for education for girls in Pakistan, and eventual shooting by the Taliban at the age of 16. Now 17, she is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize ever.

The Prize cites Malala and her co-recipient, Kailash Satyarthi “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

If you go our review, you’ll see that Angela was a bit ambivalent about the book itself, and I agree with her that it has its weaknesses, but there is no doubt that Malala herself is an extraordinary young woman–a genuine teen hero–and we offer her hearty congratulations for the Prize.

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Mark Flowers About Mark Flowers

Mark Flowers is SLJ’s Adult Books 4 Teens cocolumnist and a supervising librarian at the Rio Vista (CA) Library.

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