We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World Audiobook, by Malala Yousafzai Play Audiobook Sample

We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World Audiobook

We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World Audiobook, by Malala Yousafzai Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Neela Vaswani, Malala Yousafzai Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 2.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781549170126

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Longest Chapter Length:

29:31 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:57 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

11:28 minutes

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Publisher Description

In this powerful book, Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times bestselling 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.

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

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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



  • “Yousafzai gathers stories from girls around the world who, like her, have had to flee their homes…In the girls’ own words, we hear about escape, resettlement, and the conflicting emotions that come with fitting into a new place when so much is defined by where they came from. The accounts are intimate and…as if the narrator were sharing her story with a trusted new friend.”

    — New York Times
  • “In this uplifting work..each refugee’s tale of survival is equal parts devastating and inspiring…In the prologue, Yousafzai specifically states that her purpose is to transform refugees from nameless, faceless statistics into who they really are: humans whose identities are more than just their displaced status. A poignant, fascinating, and relevant read.”

    — Kirkus Review (starred review)
  • “Listeners will especially enjoy the foreword of this audiobook, narrated by Malala Yousafzai, in which she acknowledges that her well-known background will provide context for the many personal stories of loss that are told by refugee girls. Before each affecting story, listeners are given a brief introduction that recounts how Malala met the contributor. These intros provide consistency as the same narrator, Neela Vaswani, reads them. They include several passages that have been updated for the audio edition. Deepti Gupta delivers most of the interviews of the girls…This is a painful and powerful listening experience that imparts current and historical events with emotional depth.”

    — AudioFile
  • 6 Best Books for Teens of 2019, Parents magazineSchool Library Journal Best Books of 2019ALA Notable Books for Children 2019ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2019

  • 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


  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • The #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Teen and YA Social Activist Biographies
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year in Nonfiction
  • Parents Magazine’s
  • A Parents Magazine Pick of the Year's 6 Best Books for Teens
  • A Booklist Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
  • A Booklist Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

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About Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, the educational campaigner from Swat Valley, Pakistan, came to public attention by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. In recognition of her courage and advocacy, she was honored with the National Peace Prize in Pakistan in 2011 and in 2014 became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

About Neela Vaswani

Neela Vaswani is the award-winning author of You Have Given Me a Country and Where the Long Grass Bends. Her work has received an American Book Award, an O. Henry Prize, and a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award. She teaches at Spalding University’s MFA in writing program and is the founder of the Storylines Project with the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City.