Alfred Nobel was a pretty amazing guy. Not only was he a brilliant chemist who invented dynamite (!), but when he died in 1896, he bequeathed his entire fortune to establishing the Nobel Prize (a picture of the medal is above), which awards five individuals who have “conferred the greatest benefit on mankind” every year.
On Thursday, The Nobel Peace Prize was co-awarded to Malala Yousafzay for her "struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education." To learn more about this amazing young woman, be sure to pick up her memoir I AM MALALA, which Teenreads intern and reviewer Rebecca Czochor called "incredible" and a book that would "inspire some activism after the final pages."