Malala Yousafazai may be the youngest person ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. When she was just 12 years old, she wrote a blog for the BBC that detailed life under the Taliban in her home country of Pakistan; the blog was hugely popular and gained her a lot of attention, but some of it came from the Taliban, who sent her death threats for her views on women and education. Just a year ago, in October 2012, she was shot while riding on her school bus. While she survived the attack and underwent multiple surgeries, she wrote a book, and as you can imagine, it is immensely popular.
While you’re waiting to read the autobiography of this incredible 16 year old girl, you might want to read about some other amazing teens.
Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson
In 1993, Mortenson attempted to climb K2, but when he came down, he lost his way and stumbled into a poor Pakistani village. Their acts of kindness led him to try to build schools in Pakistan.
A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah
Picked up at age 13 by his government army in Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah was drafted to fight in a war that he never wanted. After committing some terrible acts of violence, he finally escaped and wrote his life story.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba
Born in drought-ravaged Malawi, William Kamkwamba and his family had to forage for food so much that he dropped out of school at age 14. But when he found a library book that explained the science of windmills, he dreamed that he could bring electricity and water to his village.