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Publisher's Summary

In this powerful book, Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Malala Yousafzai introduces the people behind the statistics and news stories about the millions of people displaced worldwide. 

After her father was murdered, María escaped in the middle of the night with her mother.

Zaynab was out of school for two years as she fled war before landing in America. Her sister, Sabreen, survived a harrowing journey to Italy.

Ajida escaped horrific violence but then found herself battling the elements to keep her family safe in their new makeshift home.

Malala's experiences visiting refugee camps caused her to reconsider her own displacement - first as an internally displaced person when she was a young child in Pakistan and then as an international activist who could travel anywhere in the world except to the home she loved. In We Are Displaced, Malala not only explores her own story, but she also shares the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met on her journeys - girls who have lost their community, relatives, and often the only world they've ever known. 

In a time of immigration crises, war, and border conflicts, We Are Displaced is an important reminder from one of the world's most prominent young activists that every single one of the 68.5 million currently displaced is a person - often a young person - with hopes and dreams. 

"A stirring and timely book." (New York Times)

©2019 Malala Yousafzai (P)2019 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

Six Best Books for Teens of 2019, Parents magazine

School Library Journal Best Books of 2019

ALA Notable Books for Children 2019

ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2019

"Nobel Peace Prize winner Yousafzai, who famously survived being shot by Taliban soldiers as a teen in 2012, is a passionate activist for girls' right to education. Yet, in this profound volume, she sidesteps those aspects of her life to illuminate another experience: displacement - beginning with her family's forced 2009 evacuation of their Pakistani hometown in response to escalating Taliban violence. Comprising the bulk of the book are urgent, articulate first-person stories from displaced or refugee young women whom Yousafzai has encountered in her travels, whose birthplaces include Colombia, Guatemala, Syria and Yemen.... The contributors' strength, resilience, and hope in the face of trauma is astounding, and their stories' underlying message about the heartbreaking loss of their former lives and homelands (and the resulting 'tangle of emotions that comes with leaving behind everything you know') is profoundly moving." (Publishers Weekly

"A stirring and timely book that strips the political baggage from the words 'migrant' and 'refugee,' telling the deeply personal stories of displacement and disruption that were lived by Yousafzai and nine other girls.... [In] all these accounts, hope emerges as a kind of belligerent reaction to pain and loss." (The New York Times Book Review

"While geared to mature middle and high school level listeners, this is an audiobook that could be listened to and discussed in a guided family or school setting. Anyone who wants to learn more about immigration and refugees will benefit from this telling." (School Library Journal, review of audiobook edition) 

Featured Article: Honoring the Courage and Heart of Displaced Peoples on World Refugee Day


World Refugee Day is a time to celebrate the bravery and strength of those who have had to flee their homes in search of protection. But it's also a day of empathy, of understanding, and of listening, so that we may hear the stories of refugees and the struggles they've had to endure. This collection of biographies and memoirs written by and about refugees offers a window into their lived experiences and an invitation to a greater sense of compassion.

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Malala is such a force for good

I have never been hungry, displaced, or inconvenienced in any way. I am an Ivy League Med School grad and had my parents’ support all the way. My ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) Score is 0, which is a perfect score. This is why Malala’s story and the stories of other girls and women are so important to me. Most of the world has not had my idyllic life. We must continue to fight for the rights of ALL girls and women. We are the majority, after all. Why are the men in charge?

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Very interesting!

I loved that the book was read by the actual young ladies. very moving and thought provoking

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NOT We are Malala.

I read I am Malala and I found it a page turner. I was fascinated, intrigued, and awestruck page after page. This one I only made it to about 1.5 hours in and couldn't do it anymore. It was not interesting. Skip this one.

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Moving and Informative

If you have raised a daughter or daughters, this is a must read. The courageousness and depth of these young women is really inspiring.

In this world of deepening xenophobia and ignorance of immigration and complete lack of nuance in discussion of the complex issues, this is a really moving account of individual young women and their struggles and journeys. Not only have these women overcome tremendous personal trials but they have used their hardships to contribute to the betterment of the more than 60 million refugees that follow in their footsteps.

Deeply moving and inspiring and the narration is top notch.

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Thank you for sharing your stories

Wow! Very powerful stories bundled in one book! Will never look at refugees the same way again. Thank you for enlightening me.

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Resonates.

Loved it. Enlightening. Helped me make sense of my own displacement, when I hadn't considered my own experiences to be displacement. I am grateful for the insight.

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Everyone should hear this

It’s one thing to see a news story about a refugee, but hearing a displaced person tell their own story in their own words is truly eye-opening. It’s a world that we in Western society just have a really hard time grasping. This book has really given me a deeper understanding of the refugee experience.

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Eye-opening and important stories

Truly impactful book that highlights the authors' unique adversities in each of the selected stories as well as several common themes between them. I chose this book hoping for an introductory understanding of refugee experiences, and that is exactly what I gained from it. Each story left me more moved, inspired, grateful and motivated to contribute to this cause than before. I will be thinking of these brave girls and carrying them and their stories in my heart for a long time.

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eye-opening

These are eye-opening, first hand accounts of what these girls have endured. I appreciate their honesty and bravery in sharing their stories with the world.

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To hear the stories of young refugees is incredible. Those things and stuff that they saw and have went through just unimaginable. The fight is real the fight continues today. Very inspirational stories. Courage of many to escape danger. This book is amazing and highly recommended. It open my eyes to a whole new world out there. Let’s support our fellow men and women around the world. And give shout out to all refugees.

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