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We love this book series. My daughter and I both enjoy learning about these inspiring people. I knew the gist of Malala’s story, but wish I would have read the book myself, before reading it to my daughter. She’s 8, so it didn’t occur to me that she might have a strong reaction to this story. While reading, we had to talk a bit about the Taliban, a subject that (thank goodness) is foreign to her. When we got to the shooting part, she said her knees felt weird. She’s said that before in response to subjects that make her feel squeamish. I thought we’d get past the unpleasantness and she would be fine, but she kept saying she felt weird. That’s when she passed out on me. It was scary, but not completely shocking. Her dad has a history of fainting. Now, I’m not saying this book will make your kid faint, just be aware that the shooting might be upsetting. The idea of a bad man boarding a school bus and shooting a young girl in the face is an extremely violent one and can hit a little too close to home, especially since this is a recent story. I wish it had been handled more gently in the book. My suggestion is that you read it first and use your best judgement when presenting it to your kid, like I wish I had done.
We love the Ordinary People books! They all teach great lessons and breakdown important figures in history and today in ways appropriate for children! I can't wait to continue adding to our collection!