One Book, One Community is an opportunity for the entire Elmhurst community to read and engage with the same book title during the summer. Three titles were singled out for their quality, readability and potential to inspire thought-provoking discussion while introducing readers to experiences beyond their own. You voted, and your top pick is
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Look for book and program information in the Summer issue of Fine Print, out in mid-May.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Yousafzai’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and at 17, was the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.