When you’re thirsty, you grab a glass of water and drink. But what if your thirst is for knowledge, and satisfying that thirst is now a crime? Rather than accept an unjust fate, Nobel laureate and activist Malala Yousafzai raised her hands and voice to reclaim what had been stolen, forever changing the way the world looks at what it means to be “just a girl.”
With the Taliban in control of her hometown in Pakistan, Malala and many others faced the loss of numerous basic human rights. They learned to fear. Outspoken since before she could even say the word, Malala took to cyberspace, blogging under an assumed name and speaking out against the Taliban. Her activism spread far and wide, earning her Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize and a reputation as a champion of education. She also became a target.
On the morning of October 9, 2012, a Taliban operative confronted Malala and shot her in the head.
The bullet damaged her facial nerves, but not her determination to continue speaking out on behalf of children everywhere. From the Nobel Prize website: “Currently residing in Birmingham, Malala is an active proponent of education as a fundamental social and economic right. Through the Malala Fund and with her own voice, Malala Yousafzai remains a staunch advocate for the power of education and for girls to become agents of change in their communities.”
Malala is a true hero to those of us at Little Pickle Press, and even to some of our characters! Willa Havisham, from our new middle grade book, “Roar Like A Girl,” also hopes to provide inspiration to young people everywhere.
In a stunning turn of events, Willa Havisham has to leave the comfort of her beloved Cape Cod and move to Troy, New York. She’s fourteen years old and everything seems new; her questions, her ‘community rent,’ even a new boy—but through it all, she’s Always Willa.
The much-loved adolescent introduced in Coleen Murtagh Paratore’s The Wedding Planner’s Daughter series returns in this girl-empowering novel that takes readers on a journey from the comfort of Cape Cod to the newness of New York.