The votes are in…I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb has been selected as the 2014-2015 Common Reading.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, Malala Yousfzai spoke out, refusing to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. In retaliation, the Taliban sought to kill her. On October 9, 2012, a Taliban fighter boarded her school bus, asked “Who is Malala?”, and shot her in the head at point-blank range; few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on a journey from her remote Pakistani village to the halls of the United Nations. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. This is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a teacher and school owner, encouraged his daughter to attend school, and of Malala, one of the leading human rights activists in the world today.
"Ms. Yousafzai has single-handedly turned the issue of the right of girls--and all children--to be educated into headline news. And she is a figure worth hearing." (Isabel Berwick, Financial Times)
"The victory of Malala Yousafzai is that she's just getting started." (Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon)
“According to the Associated Press, a study by UNESCO and Save the Children found that there were more than 3,600 documented attacks related to education in 2012, including violence, torture and intimidation against children and teachers, resulting in death or grave injuries, as well as the shelling and bombing of schools and the recruitment of school-aged children by armed groups.” from The Washington Post