I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick, is the young reader’s version of I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Yousafzai and Christina Lamb. Kids and teens will discover Malala’s early experiences with advocacy that lead her to become the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. For a picture book biography, see Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan; Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter.
Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive by Laura Hillenbrand is the juvenile version of Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption. Louis Zamperini’s unlikely journey from scamp to Olympian runner to pilot, prisoner and war hero is fortified with an extensive collection of photographs in this version. The text is still sophisticated but less graphic in detail than the original.
Discovering Wes Moore is the young adult adaption of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates. Both versions of the memoir by Wes Moore tell the compelling story of a young man who managed to pull his life back from the brink of derailment to one of uncommon achievement. From a position of success, he discovers his doppelganger, a man with the same name and a similar beginning in life, whose fate took the opposite turn. What made their lives turn out so differently?
--Suzanne Summers LaPierre, Kings Park Library