Ages: 13 and upProducer: Hachette Audio


Since fleeing her home in the Swat district of Pakistan in 2012, the now 21-year-old Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai has devoted her life to advocating for the rights and education of girls and women who have been forced to leave their homes by violence, poverty, and oppression. Yousafzai’s new audiobook, We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World is an inspiring, first-hand account of the courage, resilience, and hope that she has observed in the lives of the young female refugees she has met during her travels. In addition to her own harrowing tale of escaping the Taliban, Yousafzai allows girls from some of the most violent and unstable countries in the world (Syria, Columbia, the Congo, Guatemala, Uganda, Myanmar, and Yemen) to share their extraordinary experiences in their own words. We listen to frightening accounts of narrow escapes from war lords and armed bandits, of terrifying journeys through dense jungles and dangerous ocean voyages in tiny boats, and of the poverty, suffering, and ridicule encountered in over-crowded refugee camps. But we also learn about the productive, rewarding lives that many of Yousafzai’s young witnesses have created for themselves in their new homelands and the people and organizations that helped them along the way. In addition to Yousafzai, who narrates her own story in the audiobook’s prologue, the stories of the girls in We Are Displaced are brought to life with compassion and realism by children’s author/narrator Neela Vaswani and actress Deepti Gupta.

David Shirley ©2019 Parents’ Choice

David Shirley’s recent nonfiction titles include A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Fix It Leroy! His YA biographies, Every Day I Sing the Blues: The Story of B. B. King and Satchel Paige: Baseball Legend were honored as the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens.

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