Orion children's to publish Malala for younger readers

Orion children's to publish Malala for younger readers

Orion is to publish a young readers' edition of I Am Malala, the memoir by teenage activist Malala Yousafzai set to be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson shortly (8th October).

Fiona Kennedy, managing director and publisher of Orion Children's Books UK, acquired world rights in the new version of Malala's story from Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown and Amanda Urban at ICM.

The book—written for readers aged 10 and over—will be published under the title: I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will publish in the US, and Hachette Jeunesse in France.

Kennedy said: "Alongside our Weidenfeld & Nicolson adult edition, we're thrilled to announce an edition, specially created and tailored for a younger readership, of Malala's extraordinary and utterly inspiring story." Megan Tingley, e.v.p. and publisher at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers said: "I believe this book has the power to change lives, and we are committed to ensuring that it is read by as many young people as possible around the world."

In October 2012, 15-year-old Yousafzai was shot in the head at point-blank range by the Taliban because of her campaign work for girls' education. The children's edition of her story will tell the story of her bravery and determination in the face of extremism.