Young activist Malala declares 'The Alchemist' is her favorite book


Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for girls' education, has declared Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is her favorite book. Indeed, the young education activist will contribute to enlarge Europe's largest public library in Birmingham with a copy of that universal novel. Before Tuesday’s opening ceremony, Malala will place the last book on the shelves: her own copy of The Alchemist. The Brazilian author has already declared to be deeply “moved” by Malala’s gesture.

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Image below: Young Malala speaks during the openning ceremony of the Europe's largest public library in Birmingham. After the speech, she placed her copy of The Alchemist in the library – the last book to go on the shelves - and she received membership to access the archive.

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