The Books – An Overview

Young Readers' edition of I am Malala

Young Readers’ edition of I am Malala

Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren’t allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn’t go to school.

Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.

No one expected her to survive.

Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world — and did.

Malala’s powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person — one young person — can inspire change in her community and beyond.

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Based on the true story of an 11-year-old boy who survived the Khmer Rouge by playing music in the Killing Fields, NEVER FALL DOWN (published May 2012) was  a National Book Award Finalist.

NEVER FALL DOWN was also named a New York Times Notable Book and was selected as a best book of the year by iTunes, The Huffington Post, the Chicago Public Library and

Archbishop Desmond Tutu praised the book saying, “One of the most inspiring and powerful books I’ve ever read. Never Fall Down can teach us all about finding the courage to speak our truth and change the world.”

A psychological thriller about a teenage American soldier who believes he may have been responsible for the death of a 10-year old Iraqi boy.

Named by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of 2009. “Timely and provocative … a nuanced exploration of war, heroism, and morality.”

Told in a series of haunting vignettes, Sold is a harrowing account of a sexual slavery. Alternating lyrical imagery with precise detail, McCormick gives voice to the terror and bewilderment of a young girl robbed of her childhood but who finds the strength to triumph.

National Book Award Finalist, 2007.

Funny, heartbreaking, utterly real, My Brother’s Keeper tells the story of drug addiction – from the sibling’s point of view.

One of the best young-adult novels in years, according to The Boston Globe, Cut is a riveting tale of a girl who is hurting so badly she takes it out on her own body.