In “Malala the Powerful,” from Scholastic Action magazine, readers meet Malala Yousafzai, who fought for her right to an education in a Taliban-controlled city in Pakistan, where women and girls are prohibited from going to school and doing any work outside of the home. One day while she was waiting for a school bus to go home, Yousafzai, 15, suffered an attack on her life by the Taliban for her outspokenness. The incident garnered worldwide attention, and Yousafzai went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy of human and civil liberties.
Based in New York City, Alexandria Villaseñor also channels a courageous spirit in her mission to raise awareness for climate change. "Can These Kids Save the Planet?”, from Scholastic Action magazine, highlights the weekly school strikes co-opted by Villaseñor and other students around the U.S. after 15-year-old activist Greta Thunberg started the trend in Sweden. When skipping classes proved not enough to bring attention to her cause, Villaseñor rallied her peers on Twitter — and co-founded what we know as the March 15 U.S. Youth Climate Strike, which saw thousands of students nationwide march in support of government action.
Several best-selling fiction series feature courageous characters your child can conquer challenges with vicariously.
In Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet series, readers meet Emily, a fearless girl on a mission to fight evil with the help of a powerful talisman. This #1 New York Times best-selling series comes in graphic novel format, which educators and parents agree can be particularly engaging for reluctant readers.
Many readers are familiar with the Harry Potter series and this famous wizard's time at the prestigious Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, is a reminder of the bravery and resilience Harry possesses to move past losses while still honoring his ambitions.
Meanwhile, New York Times best-seller Allies offers a fictionalized account of D-Day through the eyes of Dee, a shaken young U.S. soldier on a boat racing toward the coast of France. But he’s not alone: Behind enemy lines is Samira, a spy; in the sky, paratrooper James; and in the thick of battle, medic Henry. All are in a race against time to complete their missions. It’s a thrilling read that shows readers the courage it takes to be victorious.
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