I Am Malala

I Am Malala

The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Book - 2015 | First Back Bay trade paperback edition
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When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. This is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. This story will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world. -- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, Little Brown and Company, 2015
Edition: First Back Bay trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780316322423
0316322423
Branch Call Number: 92 YOUS
Characteristics: xx, 330, 16 pages, [16] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Lamb, Christina

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murylurvesburks
Apr 13, 2019

Thrilling Story!

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Joan Louise Day
Apr 05, 2019

Very elementary level understanding of Pakistan and Islamic countries in general. She lived a very privileged life (e.g. her fathers advocacy for her education) which is uncommon for these areas. A decent book for a grade school student or adults wanting a very base overview on this topic, but for an avid reader in this subject area I was bored as the book barely tapped the surface.

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spiridiona
Apr 02, 2019

This book is Ok. I would recommend it for kids and teens as it will help teach them about privilege and taking things for granted. For adults, it's a "Good to know" kind of book. It's easy to read but quite flat and occasionally a bit boring. You will though walk away with more knowledge of Pakistan, their culture and the country struggles with the Taliban.

I liked I Am Malala because her story shows not just her life, but a problem that needs to be fixed that is affecting girls throughout Swat Valley.
-Lila, Age 11

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Snowtwirlga
Dec 18, 2018

It is an amazing book with a great, inspiring story for the youth like us. I would totally recommend this book to you guys.

In 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in head by the Taliban. This audiobook is a true account of this horrible crime, the events that led to it and the aftermath, including Malala’s recovery. Malala’s bravery, innocence, and positive outlook for the future are truly inspiring. I was amazed that such a young person could be so brave and stand to the Taliban. Also I found the book very engaging and inspiring. (submitted by IS)

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bella_52
Aug 03, 2018

this was a truly inspiring story.It was absolutely terrible that they treated woman that way and they still do I find that unfair that they have to go through that but I am so happy Malala did such a brave thing to stand up for what she believed in.That's why I think every one should read this book and hear her inspiring story.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 30, 2018

I Am Malala is an inspiring eye-opening book about Malala Yousafzai, the girl who stood up to the Taliban. She was born in Swat Valley, Pakistan- a place controlled by the Taliban. Girls were not allowed to attend school and many people avoided going outside out of fear from the Taliban. She was shot in 2012 by the Taliban for expressing her opinions about women's rights and education. Although the shot was a way to silence her, Malala's voice only became stronger and soon after, she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. After reading this book, I became aware of the struggles in poorer developing countries. I became a lot more grateful for things such as education, freedom of speech and expression, and more. Today, Malala's voice is more powerful than ever and her campaigns and speeches have helped thousands of girls attend school. Although she is only a couple of years older than me, Malala Yousafzai is someone that I will always look up to and respect. I would rate this book 5/5 and I would highly recommend this book to anyone as it will definitely change your perspective on education and rights.
- @phlanets of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I am Malala is a fantastic story retelling true events. When the book starts, Malala is a carefree young girl in Pakistan, getting an education. Then in 2005, a massive earthquake hits. People were in a panic, and that’s when the Taliban took hold, implementing a regime that was very repressing to women. After she was shot, the whole world stepped in to help her on her journey for education for all. In a captivating yet horrifying tale, Malala explains how she came to be a voice for kids globally. It is an extremely well-written piece by Malala herself and Christina Lamb. I think that everyone should have to read I am Malala. It is an atrocity what happened to a 15-year-old girl, and how girls are valued so little that they couldn’t leave the house without a male escort or go to school, and learning what happened is important. I think this book is a must read for anyone teenage and above, as some of the content could be lost on someone of a lower reading level.
- @tacoboutbooks of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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ALVAisawesome
Mar 22, 2018

"I Am Malala" is one of the most inspirational and riveting books out there that explores the depth of the struggles of certain south Asian countries due to the militant Taliban. Most people on this side of the world realize that organizations like ISIS, Al-Queda, and the Taliban exist, but give no thought about them for their trivial "first world problems" are more important than the suffering women and men in Pakistan and Afganistan under the iron fist of the Taliban. The American people, currently, seem to be passing through a "gilded age" when foreign policy is concerned for most are unaware of the atrocities that happen around the world because they care about the current administration's tax cuts and exaggerate its impact. Tax cuts are a very controversial topic and do concern us, but what I am afraid of is that people will not realize what goes on around the globe and how fortunate we are to be where we are in the world; this curtain of ignorance makes them oblivious to problems faced by underprivileged peoples on this green earth which we proclaim has secured all basic human rights like the freedom to a roof over one's head, to food and water, to religion, to speech, and to education.
The book has various reasons for being as heart-wrenching and persuasive as it is. First and foremost, "I Am Malala" is so powerful and influential because it is a narrative of a girl who was more politically active when she was eleven than we will ever be in all our lives. This can make the reader feel guilty for not taking any action. I sure did. It is also very dynamic because Malala describes her life before the Taliban took over her hometown of Mingora in the vast valley of Swat, which demonstrates to the world how normal, free, and un-terrorist like most Pakistanis are. This is most terribly important for there are, to my surprise, people out there that believe that all brown people are terrorists. Her account of her childhood reverses this stereotype which is essential for someone to proceed to feel empathy for the oppressed peoples which forces them to take action. Once she skillfully introduces the reader to the barbarity of the Taliban and the horrific net of conformity that had been cast over the people of Swat, she progresses to describe in excruciating detail her being shot, which is very powerful, for she is an innocent sixteen-year-old girl being shot for demanding something as basic as the freedom to interpret the Quran by herself, a necessary part of practicing religion for every Muslim, which requires education that is being denied to so many. In the end, she persuades the reader that education is as important as any other right. The narrative exudes an underlying theme that helps the reader realize that one voice can change everything, or at the very least set things in motion on the right path. I consider this to be a very important lesson to today's youth especially because most have developed a mentality of "my voice is insignificant and it is not going to change the way things are if I take action or not." Overall, a very moving story that has been very talentedly written. I recommend this book to every literate person in every corner of the globe.
Rating: 100/10

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Linyarai
Mar 06, 2018

I read this book for the "A Book About A Current World Issue" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I really enjoyed it, it was extremely educational as I knew nothing about her culture or her country. I'm glad she persevered and is continuing to fight for the right to education.

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BostonPL_JordanD Oct 29, 2016

“Peace in every home, every street, every village, every country – this is my dream. Education for every boy and every girl in the world. To sit down on a chair and read my books with all of my friends at school is my right. To see each and every human being with a smile of happiness is my wish. I am Malala. My world has changed but I have not.” – Malala Yousafzai

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creeker868
Jul 27, 2015

"Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human." page 162

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sunshine0623
Jul 12, 2015

"We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced."

"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful."

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Rainman
May 11, 2015

My mother always told me, "Hide your face--people are looking at you." I would reply, "It doesn't matter; I'm also looking at them..."

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Rainman
May 11, 2015

I had no idea what New York and America were... We did not realize then that 9/11 would change our world too, and bring war into our valley.

PimaLib_AmyM May 06, 2015

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced”

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mlafave1
Jun 15, 2014

"I realized that even if you win three or four times, the next victory will not necessarily be yours without trying" p. 64

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TaetheTea
Feb 08, 2019

This book is amazing. I didn't get to finish it. This was my first time reading a non-fiction book and it wasn't bad for starters. Malala's experience for standing up for girl's education will reach out to other countries or certain places that don't allow females to get education and do something in life. This is not just her life story, it's an adive or some sort for young ladies like her, who would've been in her shoes or done something like this. Every girl or women deserve to have what men get to have in live, I'm talking about having jobs, education, and same treatment. We are all equal.

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BarAmaBaro
Jul 01, 2016

Before the shooting, she emerged as a local activist for girls' education. After the shooting, her message and activism reached the global level. With determination and courage, Malala's dream for every girl in the world to go to school becomes contagious. Her story teaches us that being a spark for change doesn't require an old age.

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GeorginaTheAmazing
Jun 29, 2016

The story of the young woman who stood up for girls education and nearly payed the ultimate price.

violet_dolphin_2015 Aug 09, 2014

this book is about a girl how stood up for she want to do and know and that was girls should go to school

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