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Malala Yousafzai’s life has been anything but everyday.

Born in 1997 in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, the now 20 -year-old Nobel Peace Prize-winner rose to fame by speaking out of the significance of girls’ education, and she was targeted by the Taliban for it. Through her signature persistence and strong enunciate, Malala’s early activism had now been grown into an international movement.

In her forthcoming portrait journal, Malala’s Magic Pencil , Malala returns to her childhood to teach younger readers of the significance of hope, believes in power, and acquiring “the worlds” a better place.

Early in the book, as shown in the exclusive except below, she writes how she used to watch a TV register announced Shaka Laka Boom Boom when she was younger, about a boy worded Sanju and his occult pencil. She required one for herself — she’d use it to originate her loved ones happy, get rid of the smell of scrap that dawdled in her city, and even supplement an additional hour of sleep in the morning.

But she soon realized that there were so many more important things in the world that needed determine, and whether or not she ever did find her own supernatural pencil, she could still spur the positive developments. When you find your spokesperson, Malala concludes, every pencil can be magic.


“This picture reminds me of how we used to watch TV, ” Yousafzai said about this excerpt, illustrated by the French creator duo Kerascoet. “My brother sitting on the floor, and me being curious. It was a amicable time in Swat Valley, and I like to be reminded of that time in my life.”

Those familiar with the story of their own lives so far — which has been covered extensively in the media, as well as her 2013 memoir I Am Malala and the 2015 documentary He Worded Me Malala — know that peaceful childhood was short-lived.

“It was a harmonious time in Swat Valley, and I like to be reminded of that time in my life.”

After blogging under a pen name for the BBC about life under Taliban rule, and gradually gaining world-wide standing for her undertaking, Malala was shot by a masked gunman who boarded her institution bus on Oct. 9, 2012. It made months of surgeries and reclamation for her to heal, but she eventually recuperated. Now living in the UK, Malala has fought for the world’s most vulnerable girls ever since.

Malala’s Magic Pencil advances that mission, and aims to teach children between 4 and 8 years old about their own lives, and how not all children get the same opportunities.

“I have met many young children who want to know about what took place in my life and why I believe in education for all, so it was important for me to share my narration with them, ” Malala said in market fabrics provided by Little, Brown.

“For this age, a picture volume felt like the best course — to employ videos and to simplify the events in a way that younger boys gain a better understanding of. “Theres” shocking areas to my story or items that are complicated to interpret, but I wanted to be able to share it with a younger gathering as best as I could, ” she said.


Malala, who just assembled Twitter the summer months, exposed the consider of Malala’s Magic Pencil with a tweet on Aug. 3. She followed up with a heartwarming photo of her baby reading it.

“So joyful that my mother, Toor Pekai, who is learning English, is the first one to read the book, ” she said.

Malala is currently on a six-month “Girl Power Trip, ” meeting young girls in North America, Latin America, the Countries of the middle east, Europe, and Africa, before she starts college at Oxford University in the transgression. The excursion culminates with the book being published on Oct. 17 from publisher Little, Brown.

When asked what she hopes children take away from Malala’s Magic Pencil , Malala said 😛 TAGEND

“I hope that they find their supernatural pencil. My occult pencil was my expres. I myself am curious what they will learn lessons from this work, and I hope they’ll reach out and tell me.”

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