On October 9th, Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager, activist, and blogger, was shot by a Taliban gunman. The militant group claimed that she promoted “western thinking” through her public opposition to the Taliban’s efforts to bar girls from attending school. Malala, who was treated in the U.K. and has recently started school in England, is now penning a book. I Am Malala will chronicle Malala’s fifteen years of activism—the BBC blog that cemented her as a progressive Pakistani idol, her efforts on behalf of girls education, and the traumatic event that launched her story unto an international platform. The book will be published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in Britain this fall, and American publisher Little, Brown and Co. shortly thereafter. Announcing the book deal, Michael Pietsch, executive vice president and publisher of Little, Brown explained, “Malala is already an inspiration to millions around the world. Reading her story of courage and survival will open minds, enlarge hearts, and eventually allow more girls and boys to receive the education they hunger for.” The Guardian has estimated the price tag of the deal at around $3 million, officially making this a very lucrative week for the ridiculously accomplished high school set (looking at you, 17-year-old Yahoo employee and real life Jimmy Neutron).
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