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The Power of One Book

Malala Yousafzai continues to advocate for education.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot last year by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education, continued to spread her message when she spoke at the opening of the largest library in Europe in September. Yousafzai, now 16, delivered an address about global education in front of the United Kingdom’s Library of Birmingham.

“We must not forget that 57 million children are out of school,” she said. “And let us not forget that even one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”

Yousafzai has lived in Birmingham since she was brought to the city for treatment seven days after the attack. She was surprised by the broad access to books. “Here, people tell me that they have read hundreds of books,” she marveled.

Yousafzai said she had read only nine books—aside from her textbooks—in her former home. One of those was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Yousafzai placed her personal copy on the library’s shelves. It was the last book to be added to the one million–book collection, according to BBC News.


Fall 2013—

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    Deep Blue

    Deep Blue

    by Jennifer Donnelly

    Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the world's oceans, seas, rivers, and lakes. When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother.

    In the wake of her mother's assassination, it's up to Serafina to prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence.

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    Rookie Biographies®: Mary McLeod Bethune

    Rookie Biographies®: Mary McLeod Bethune

    by Susan Evento

    This biography is an introduction to the life of Mary McLeod Bethune, an African American educator who fought poverty and discrimination, founded a college, and worked with Franklin Delano Roosevelt to improve opportunities for blacks.

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