Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai signs book deal

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The Pakistani schoolgirl and education activist who survived being shot by the Taliban has signed a book deal worth a reported $3M.

I am Malala, by 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, will be published this fall, reports the Guardian.

“I hope the book will reach people around the world, so they realise how difficult it is for some children to get access to education,” the teen said in a statement.

Yousafzai was shot by a Taliban gunman last October while she rode a school bus with classmates. Then-14-year-old Yousafzai had spoken out against the Taliban and was an advocate for education for girls. She first came to public attention after writing a diary for the BBC’s Urdu service about her life in Pakistan’s Swat district under Taliban rule.

Yousafzai has undergone numerous surgeries since the shooting, and recently returned to school in Birmingham, the U.K. city where she now lives with her family. The now-internationally recognized teen has been awarded numerous peace prizes since the attack, and is the youngest-ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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