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Pakistan Teen Taliban Target Gets Book Deal

March 29, 2013

A Pakistani teenager targeted by the Taliban for advocating education for girls says she has agreed to a book deal with a British publisher.

Malala Yousafzai said in a blog post that her memoir "I Am Malala" was picked up by Weidenfield-and-Nicholson for what the British newspaper The Guardian said was a reported 2 million pounds ($3 million).

"I hope this book will reach people around the world, so they realize how difficult it is for some children to get access to education," Yousafzai wrote. "I want to tell my story, but it will also be the story of 61m (million) children who can't get education."

Yousafzai, 15, was shot in the head by Taliban fighters who stopped her bus in the Swat Valley. She had been writing a blog at the time and was gaining international notoriety for advocating education for girls, which the Taliban oppose on religious grounds.

Yousafzai recovered and is currently attending school in England, The Guardian said.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2013

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