Our year 8 book is The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins:
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Raised in the Swat Valley in Pakistan, Malala was taught to stand up for her beliefs. When terrorists took control of her region and declared girls were forbidden from going to school, Malala fought for her right to an education. And, on 9 October 2012, she nearly paid the ultimate price for her courage when she was shot on her way home from school.
No one expected her to survive.
Now, she is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
This is a must-read for anyone who believes in the power of change.