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“Muzoon takes readers on her perilous and ultimately hopeful journey from refugee child to advocate for others in need. This book offers insight into the promise of education for children who have lost everything but their belief in a brighter future.”
Malala Yousafzai, bestselling author and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Muzoon: A Syrian Refugee Speaks Out

Written by Muzoon Almellehan
Illustrated by Wendy Pearlman
Published by Random House Children's Books

When her family had to flee Syria, 14-year-old Muzoon was told to pack only the most essential things—and so she packed her schoolbooks.

This is the inspiring true story of a Syrian refugee who fought hard for what she needed—and grew into one of the world’s leading advocates for education.

This eye-opening memoir tells the story of a young girl’s life in Syria, her family’s wrenching decision to leave their home, and the upheaval of life in a refugee camp. Though her life had utterly changed, one thing remained the same. She knew that education was the key to a better future—for herself, and so that she could help her country. She went from tent to tent in the camp, trying to convince other kids, especially girls, to come to school. And her passion and dedication soon had people calling her the “Malala of Syria.”

Muzoon has grown into an internationally recognized advocate for refugees, for education, and for the rights of girls and women, and is now a UNICEF goodwill ambassador—the first refugee to play that role.

Muzoon’s story is absolutely riveting and will inspire young readers to use their own voices and stand up for what they believe in.

Primary ISBN: 9781984851987
Publication Date: May 2023
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Memoir, Nonfiction , Age 10 or older

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Setting: Syria

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: In Home Country, Refugee

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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