For the Right to Learn by Rebecca Langston-George

For the Right to Learn by Rebecca Langston-GeorgeFor the Right to Learn by Rebecca Langston-George
Published by Capstone Classroom on August 1, 2015
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Cultural Heritage, Juvenile Nonfiction, Middle East, People & Places, Social Activists
Pages: 40
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review consideration.
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.
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She grew up in a world where women were supposed to be quiet. But Malala Yousafzai refused to be silent. She defied the Taliban's rules, spoke out for education for every girl, and was almost killed for her beliefs. Discover Malala's story through this powerful narrative telling, and come to see how one brave girl named Malala changed the world.

For the Right to Learn portrays how the Taliban changed daily life in Pakistan, explaining their reign of terror in an age-appropriate manner (this book is geared toward grades 3-6). The story depicts how famous Malala was long before the shooting, and just how much she and her father had advocated for education.

Sometimes the narrative felt stilted. A timeline in the appendix would have been a nice alternative to the insertion of full dates within the story. Also, the ending felt very abrupt. Portions of the “More About Malala’s Story” section could had been integrated into the main story to give the book a more satisfying conclusion. Pronunciations for Malala’s parents’ names and the family’s last name would have been helpful as well.

C has been more curious about Malala since learning about her last year, and this book gets a little deeper into her story than others we’ve read. It answered a number of “why” questions C had that honestly, were difficult for me to know how to answer. The illustrations are lovely and modern. Flaws aside, this was still an overall good read.


  • Lindsey Stefan

    I’m going to look for this for my son. He saw I was reading I Am Malala and we talked about it a little. I’ve been searching for an age appropriate version for him. Thanks for the heads up!

  • What a great way to introduce this story to students at this age, Monika; I’m glad you found this to be a pretty good selection. I agree with you that name pronunciations would probably be very beneficial (sometimes I need them, too – ha!), but definitely a good start. Thanks for sharing this!

  • This sounds great for younger kids. My oldest son and I will be reading I am Malala for Nonfiction November and this would be good for younger ones. Thanks for sharing.

  • My daughters might like this one. They just finished reading “Who Is Malala Yousafzai?”.

  • Flawed, but important story. Thanks for sharing, Monika. I will keep an eye out for this.