NEWS: I AM MALALA Acquired by Orion Children's Books
ORION CHILDREN’S BOOKS IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT MALALA YOUSAFZAI, INTERNATIONAL ADVOCATE FOR EDUCATION, IS TO WRITE A YOUNG READERS EDITION OF HER REMARKABLE STORY.
I AM MALALA: HOW ONE GIRL STOOD UP FOR EDUCATION AND CHANGED THE WORLD TO BE CO-WRITTEN WITH USA NATIONAL BOOK AWARD–FINALIST PATRICIA McCORMICK.
1 October 2013, London, UK – Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (USA), announced today that Malala Yousafzai will share her remarkable story with young readers ages ten and up in a book titled I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World. Co-written with two-time USA National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick, I Am Malala will be simultaneously released in hardback, eBook, and audiobook on 5 August 2014. Fiona Kennedy, Managing Director and Publisher, Orion Children’s Books (UK) has acquired this ground-breaking book from Megan Tingley at Little, Brown USA, who negotiated the world rights deal with Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown and Amanda Urban at ICM. The book will be published in the UK by Orion Children’s Books, in the US by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, and in France by Hachette Jeunesse, an imprint of Hachette Livre.
In October 2012, fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head at point-blank range because of her bravery to campaign for girls’ education. She survived the brutal attack, and the shocking story made headlines around the world. Overnight, Malala became a global symbol of peaceful protest and education for all. In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest person ever to be singled out in that way. The United Nations declared July 12, 2013—Malala’s 16th birthday—“Malala Day” in honour of her heroic stand to ensure universal education.
I Am Malala is the memoir of this remarkable teenage girl who risked her life for the right to go to school. Raised in a changing Pakistan by enlightened parents, Malala was encouraged to speak up for herself and taught to stand up for her beliefs. Written for her peers, I Am Malala, tells the story of her bravery and determination in the face of extremism, detailing the daily challenges of growing up in a world transformed by terror.
“My story is the story of thousands of children from around the world. I hope it inspires others to stand up for their rights,” said Malala Yousafzai.
“We are enormously proud to be working with Malala to bring her inspiring story to young readers. I believe this book has the power to change lives, and we are committed to ensuring that it is read by as many young people as possible around the world,” commented Megan Tingley.
Fiona Kennedy said ‘Alongside our Weidenfeld & Nicolson adult edition, we’re thrilled to announce an edition, specially created and tailored, for a younger readership of Malala’s extraordinary and utterly inspiring story. I can only echo Megan’s words and say how proud we all are to be working with Malala on this hugely significant book.’
Patricia McCormick, who has dedicated her career to telling stories of social injustice and acts of bravery by young people, remarked, “Malala is a hero to millions of people, and I'm honoured to help her tell her story. This book will give young readers a chance to get to know her as a person.”
This title will accompany the UK adult edition, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb, to be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on 8th October 2013.
ABOUT MALALA YOUSAFZAI
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 continues her campaign for education.
In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala was honoured 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 person ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She was short-listed for Time magazine’s Person of the Year and has received numerous other awards.
Malala continues to champion universal access to education through the Malala Fund, a non-profit organization investing in community-led programmes and supporting education advocates around the world. For more information, go to malalafund.org.
ABOUT PATRICIA McCORMICK
Patricia McCormick is a two-time National Book Award Finalist and the author of several critically acclaimed books for young adults, including Sold, an account of human trafficking based on her research in the brothels of Calcutta, and Never Fall Down, the story of a boy who survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia by playing music. McCormick was named a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in 2004 and a MacDowell Fellow in 2009. She is also the winner of the 2009 German Peace Prize for Youth Literature. She lives in New York with her husband. For more information, go to patriciamccormick.com.
ABOUT ORION CHILDREN’S BOOKS
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