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We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World LRG Edition
Contributor(s): Yousafzai, Malala, Welch, Liz (Conductor)
ISBN: 0316529486     ISBN-13: 9780316529488
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
    OUR PRICE: $18.89  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2019
Annotation: Introduces displaced people from around the world to give faces to the statistics and news stories readers see and hear.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Refugees; Juvenile literature.
Forced migration; Juvenile literature.
Large type books.
Dewey: 305.23092/6914
LCCN: bl2019000591
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.50" W x 0.50" (0.80 lbs) 240 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Malala Yousafzai, the educational campaigner from Swat Valley, Pakistan, came to public attention by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. Using the pen name Gul Makai, she often spoke about her family's fight for girls' education in her community. In October 2012, Malala was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived and has continued her campaign for education. In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala was honored with the National Youth Peace Prize in Pakistan in 2011 and won both the International Children's Peace Prize and the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2013. She is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and was named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Malala continues to champion universal access to education through Malala Fund.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Fall)
Nobel Peace Prizewinner Yousafzai re-frames her experience as one of displacement and retells stories of refugee girls from diverse geographical locations. Particularly poignant are stories of families whose members chose different migratory paths and the long-term consequences of those choices. Appended bios of the featured refugees and a photo insert add depth to the reading experience. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Nobel Peace Prize winner Yousafzai (I Am Malala), who famously survived being shot by Taliban soldiers as a teen in 2012, is a passionate activist for girls' right to education. Yet, in this profound volume, she sidesteps those aspects of her life to illuminate another experience: displacement—beginning with her family's forced 2009 evacuation of their Pakistani hometown in response to escalating Taliban violence. Comprising the bulk of the book are urgent, articulate first-person stories from displaced or refugee young women whom Yousafzai has encountered in her travels, whose birthplaces include Colombia, Guatemala, Syria, and Yemen. Their often raw testaments encompass witnessing atrocities (a Congolese native whose family fled to Zambia watched a vigilante mob attack her mother) and harrowing escapes (as the military burns their Myanmar village, a Rohingya Muslim family flees by foot to begin an arduous journey to Bangladesh). The contributors' strength, resilience, and hope in the face of trauma is astounding, and their stories' underlying message about the heartbreaking loss of their former lives and homelands (and the resulting "tangle of emotions that comes with leaving behind everything you know") is profoundly moving. Ages 14–up. (Jan.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2019 April)

Gr 7 Up—While Yousafzai's autobiography, I Am Malala, describes her life in Pakistan culminating in her dramatic altercation with the Taliban, this book highlights some of the work Yousafzai has done since she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The first part provides additional information on Yousafzai's life in Pakistan with an emphasis on her experience as an internally displaced person and the later challenges of acclimating to life as a refugee in Great Britain. In the second part of the book, readers are provided with narratives from other refugee girls who met with Yousafzai in different stages of her work. These stories depict the lives of girls from all over the world, pushed from their homes for different reasons and yet, Yousafzai highlights consistent themes found in each one. From the Middle East to South America, Africa to Asia, these girls and their families faced the same challenge: leaving their homes and the communities they love. Yousafzai writes with gut-wrenching detail, showing readers the many complex layers of life as a refugee including the struggle of escape, the frustrations of bureaucracy in the face of mortal danger, and the painful goodbyes along the way. She shines a light on the personal side of this international crisis and pushes every individual to find a way to contribute to the solution. VERDICT Everyone should read this book.–Paige Rowse, Needham High School, MA

Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.