Malala Yousafzai to Pen Young Readers Edition of Her Remarkable Story
Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, announced today that Malala Yousafzai will share her remarkable story with young readers ages ten and up in a book titled I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World. Cowritten with two-time National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick, I Am Malala will be simultaneously released in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook on August 5, 2014. The acquisition for world rights was made by Megan Tingley with Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown and Amanda Urban at ICM. I Am Malala will be edited by Farrin Jacobs, Editorial Director, and Elizabeth Bewley, Senior Editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The book will be published in the UK by Orion Children's Books, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, a division of Hachette UK, and in France by Hachette Jeunesse, an imprint of Hachette Livre.
In October 2012, fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head at point-blank range because she had the temerity to campaign for girls' education. She survived the brutal attack, and the shocking story made headlines around the world. Overnight, Malala became a global symbol of peaceful protest and education for all. In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest person ever to be singled out in that way. The United Nations declared July 12, 2013-Malala's 16th birthday-"Malala Day" in honor of her heroic stand to ensure universal education.
I Am Malala is the memoir of this remarkable teenage girl who risked her life for the right to go to school. Raised in a changing Pakistan by enlightened parents, Malala was encouraged to speak up for herself and taught to stand up for her beliefs. Written for her peers, I Am Malala, tells the story of her bravery and determination in the face of extremism, detailing the daily challenges of growing up in a world transformed by terror.
"My story is the story of thousands of children from around the world. I hope it inspires others to stand up for their rights," said Malala Yousafzai.
"We are enormously proud to be working with Malala to bring her inspiring story to young readers. I believe this book has the power to change lives, and we are committed to ensuring that it is read by as many young people as possible around the world," commented Megan Tingley.
Patricia McCormick, who has dedicated her career to telling stories of social injustice and acts of bravery by young people, remarked, "Malala is a hero to millions of people, and I'm honored to help her tell her story. This book will give young readers a chance to get to know her as a person."