Who isn't fascinated by this articulate and determined young lady? I don't review too many biographies, but I was eager to read this one.
The attack on Yousafzai and other actions by the Taliban are not a topic you can address by glossing it over, and Doeden never seeks to do so. At the same time, these events are presented simply and straightforwardly, surrounded by more positive events in Yousafzai's life, so that the overall tone is one of hope and encouragement. The support she has always received from her parents, as well as the example they have shown her, give a clear indication of how she became the person she is. There is much fodder for discussion here.
The photographs were interesting, but the pull-out quotes - often placed right next to the same sentences in the text body - were more distracting than anything. A good introduction for someone who is not ready for her whole autobiography, and appropriate for those ubiquitous read-a-biography-and-report-on-it assignments.
Gift accompaniments: Pledge a certain amount of money to a charity - The Malala Fund, or any other charity your reader chooses.
Books about other children who have stood up to make a difference:
or about Pakistan:
Books to go with a book? What a fantastic idea!