Back of book:
As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.
I have always been a huge fan of Malala. I think she is an incredibly brave and strong young woman. Her inspiration to the world is told in this beautifully written story. It follows the journey of Malala as she grows up loving to learn. She soon realizes that not everyone is willing to let women have access to education. The story briefly discusses the war zone of Pakistan and the men who tried to silence Malala for good. This story is incredibly moving and allows readers to see how one young girl, made a difference to the world. I thought the illustrations were well drawn. They depict the war and danger, without being to overpowering. I would say this book is better suited for slightly older readers who can fully understand the impact that Malala had. An excellent book to add to any diverse book collection.
Ages 7 and up