As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she could use to redraw reality. She would use it to give gifts to her family, to erase the smell from the rubbish dump near her house, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. As she grew older, Malala wished for bigger and bigger things. 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.
This beautifully illustrated picture book tells Malala's story, in her own words, for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed her to hold on to hope and to make her voice heard even in the most difficult of times.
Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Children's Book Award
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist, student and the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. At age 15, she was shot by the Taliban for speaking out for the rights of girls in her community to go to school. Malala recovered, continued her campaign and, as co-founder of Malala Fund, is building a global movement of support for girls' education. malala.org
Kerascoet is the pseudonym for the New York Times bestselling husband-and-wife illustrator team Sebastien Cosset and Marie Pommepuy. Best known for illustrating the book Miss Don't Touch Me, written by Hubert, their most recent work is Beautiful Darkness (2014), which won them wide recognition and high praise. They live and work in Paris in the worlds of cartooning and illustration.
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