Malala Yousafzai (You Are a Star)

by Dean Robbins (Author) Maithili Joshi (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: You Are a Star
Make way for Malala Yousafzai!

It's Malala Yousafzai like you've never seen her before!

Using a unique mix of first-person narrative, hilarious comic panels, and essential facts, Dean Robbins introduces young readers to an activist and trailblazer. The third book in the exciting You Are a Star nonfiction series, You Are a Star, Malala Yousafzai focuses on Malala's lifelong mission to bring educational equality and justice to all―especially young girls.

Maithili Joshi's spot-on comic illustrations bring this icon to life, and back matter instructs readers on how to be more like Malala!

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Review quotes

Praise for You Are a Star, Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

"Can there be too many biographies of Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Robbins' contribution assures us the answer is no... Colorful and expressive." — Booklist

"Conversational first-person narrative, inset graphics, fact boxes, and appealing illustrations combine to paint a well-rounded picture of Ruth Bader Ginsburg... A warm, informative, and entertaining biography of a pioneering scholar, lawyer, and judge." — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for You Are a Star, Jane Goodall

"A warm testimonial to the life and achievements of Jane Goodall...An enticing invitation to be like the courageous and innovative primatologist profiled here."—Kirkus Reviews

"Charming...Easy and engaging, this is an energetic biography in a pleasing format and is a strong first puchase."—School Library Journal

Dean Robbins
Sarah Green is an illustrator and designer based in San Francisco. She is the illustrator of several books for young readers, including Anna Strong: A Spy During the American Revolution by Sarah Glenn Marsh, The Fight of the Century: Alice Paul Battles Woodrow Wilson for the Vote by Barb Rosenstock, and Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted by Susan Wood, among others. Learn more at
Dean Robbins is a journalist and the author of the children's picture books Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing, and Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women's Right to Vote. His award-winning books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and have been praised in the New York Times and USA Today. Dean grew up idolizing Apollo astronauts and loved working with Alan Bean on The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon. Learn more at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Scholastic Press
Publication date
January 20, 2024
You Are a Star
BISAC categories
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
Library of Congress categories
Social conditions
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiograp
Social reformers
Young women
Yousafzai, Malala
Sex discrimination in education
Women social reformers
Political activists
Children's rights

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