Review: Malala’s Magic Pencil Inspires Young People To Make A Difference

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I can’t imagine not going to school.

If I couldn’t go to school I wouldn’t learn a lot of things.

I recently read a book called Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai. She talks about when her city in Pakistan started being threatened by dangerous men called the Taliban who demanded that no girls go to school. She stood up for her beliefs and fought against them.

The book is called Malala’s Magic Pencil because when Malala was a kid, she wished for a magic pencil so she could draw a lock on her door to keep out her brothers, or make the prettiest dresses in the world for her mother. She also wanted a magic pencil to draw a peaceful world. Every day, she wished for a magic pencil, but one never came. But as Malala’s world changed, she learned where her real magic pencil was hidden.

I loved this book because it showed that even young people can do something great. Malala wrote stories and speeches when she was young about why education was important and that boys and girls should be equal. She was the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize!  She wrote a lot about her life under the rule of the Taliban and how she wanted more peace in the world. It made me think that Malala is the bravest girl I know.  She also wrote a memoir and I can’t wait to read it!

I recommend Malala’s Magic Pencil to anyone who wants to learn how to be brave and DO something about something they feel is wrong. Malala Yousafzai said that is better than just WISHING for something to change. She really inspired me!

I give this book 4 out of 4 roses!



  1. Elena

    In Malala’s case it was keeping girls from school, and I know in other books you’ve reviewed you’ve read about others who’ve been faced with challenges regarding school.

    Why do you think keeping people from school would be a tactic used by someone trying to oppress or unfairly rule others?

    This might be a question to discuss with Mom and Dad 😊

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  2. This is a really good question. It is a hard one. One reason would be because they don’t want other people to learn. Another reason is because they don’t want people to be successful. If you are able to go to school, you are able to learn to read, write, do math, learn about history. These are all the things you need in life to do whatever job you want. So, in Malala’s book, for instance, I think they wanted to limit what girls could become when they grow up. When I was in first grade, I learned about Ruby Bridges and how white people tried to keep her and other black kids out of school. I am happy for brave people like Ruby and Malala.


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