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I Am Malala

The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Yousafzai, Malala (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. "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. I Am Malala 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. I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world." -- Publisher's description.
Authors: Yousafzai, Malala, 1997-
Title: I am Malala
the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban
Publisher: New York, NY :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: viii, 327 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,color illustrations, maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Malala Yousafzai ; with Christina Lamb
Contents: A daughter is born
My father the falcon
Growing up in a school
The village
Why I don't wear earrings and Pashtuns don't say thank you
Children of the rubbish mountain
The mufti who tried to close our school
The autumn of the earthquake
The Valley of Death. Radio Mullah ; Toffees, tennis balls, and the Buddhas of Swat ; The clever class ; The bloody square ; The diary of Gul Makai ; A funny kind of peace ; Leaving the valley
The Valley of Sorrows
Praying to be tall
The woman and the sea
A private Talibanization
Who is Malala?
"God, I entrust her to You"
Journey into the unknown
A second life. "The girl shot in the head, Birmingham" ; "They have snatched her smile"
One child, one teacher, one book, one pen
Important events in Pakistan and Swat
Summary: When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.
"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. I Am Malala 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. I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world." -- Publisher's description.
Additional Contributors: Lamb, Christina
ISBN: 9780316322409
0316322407
Branch Call Number: B-Yo887i 2013
Subject Headings: Yousafzai, Malala, 1997- Young women Education Pakistan Biography Children's rights Pakistan Biography
Topical Term: Young women
Children's rights
LCCN: 2013941811
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This gripping book tells the story of one girl fighting for her right to an education. Inspiring, innovative, incredible.

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 ... Read More »


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Jul 17, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Malala stood up for education and her reward was getting shot by the Taliban! This courageous girl from Swat, Pakistan loved school and felt she and all the girls of her country, and the whole world, had the right to an education. She was outspoken and never tired of speaking out on this subject. She almost paid for it with her life but some timely intervention by several hospitals saved her. Alas! as her father remarked she lost her pretty smile, "They have snatched her Smile," he cried! Today she is 17. On her sixteenth birthday she stood up at the United Nations and received a standing ovation for her speech. A powerful book.

This is a must read if not to find out more about why this girl was shot then perhaps to at least learn something about different cultures. In response to the person who said it was terribly written, try writing a book in your second or third language. There are moments where the writing could be much more clearly written however it's not worse than many American written books available these days. I also found there was a bit too much emphasis on history. It could have been shortened by fifty pages and I would still have a good idea of the history of that area. The best part of the book was the last few chapters.

Jun 02, 2014
  • fasttom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousalzai with Christina Lamb.

This is heartbreaking though a very inspiring autobiography of a teenage girl named Malala, who with her father, speaks up for the right of education for girls and believes in peaceful protests in a country terrorized by the Taliban. There are lighter moments of Malala with her family and her classmates. I enjoyed reading about Malala’s birth in Mingora in the Swat district in Pakistan and the fact that her father wants to celebrate her birth in a religion that celebrates boys only. Her father, Ziauddin reads and sings poetry to Malala as a baby and girl. Her mother mother, Toorpekai, makes breakfast and takes care of the home. She loves her two brothers as well as her parents. I also enjoyed learning the history of her tribe, the Pashtuns, and the beauty of the Swat valley with the flowers and waterfalls. And, it’s long history from being a Pashtun tribe, advent of the Chinese and Buddhism, to its independence from Great Britian, and its eventual annexation to Pakistan.

The story gets quite intense when the Taliban take control of the Swat valley and other parts of Pakistan and imposed a stricter, twisted version of the Islamic faith on the people. Malala speaks out with her father who is a school teacher and political activist. Woman must wear cover their faces and not leave the home unless accompanied by a male from the family. One day a Mufti, a so called Islamic scholar, wants to close the girls’ school because Ziauddin, Malala’s father is “running a haram school and bringing shame on the neighborhood.” I learn that there a radical versions of Islam.

One day Malala and two other girls are shot by the Taliban on the way home from school. She is shot in the head and leaves her country to be treated.

Her story is very well written and descriptive. Her story is amazing and inspiring and well worth the read. Malala explains that the Quran wants all people, boys as well as girls, to have knowledge. She doesn’t wish revenge for the man who shot her. Instead she prays for peace in her country and dreams of a political solution. This is impressive for a sixteen year old teenager to say. It’s part of her Muslim faith and her family values.

May 29, 2014
  • savtadina rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing book and a must read for young adults and adults alike. I was hesitant to read it at first because I thought it would dwell on her getting shot and recovery, but only a small part of the end of the book was on that topic. The story is of Malala's growing up in a mountainous region of Pakistan, and her life paralleling the history of the country at that time. Her father ran a private school where girls and boys were both educated and Malala was a top student, wise beyond her years. She was a strong advocate for education for all, especially girls and poor girls. She learned from home to share with others, and always scholarshiped students also ate with her family. Although I am not ignorant on Asian history, I learned much more about Pakistan from the viewpoint of a Pakistani. It is very important for us to hear that viewpoint.

May 20, 2014
  • blolo rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

She is a fascinating and inspiring girl, but the book itself is a TERRIBLE read. Poorly written, very dry and boring... rather than discussing her personal convictions, interesting anecdotes from her life or her emotional reactions to various events... this book is just a narrative of "this happened, then this happened, then this happened" in the most dull way imaginable.

I really enjoyed this book. So well written that you could actually "feel" the suffering that these people went through under the iron fist of the Taliban.

This is an impressive book, written by the girl involved in the tragic shooting by the Taliban.

Her sharp mind and sincere belief in education should impress readers of all ages.

I plan to present a review of this book, ending with viewing the on line
presentation of "Malala Yousafzai's Speech at The Youth Takeover of the United Nations".

May 02, 2014
  • sabera rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A real eye opener... thank you Malala for sharing your story of courage with us. This book shows us how much we take life for granted!!

Apr 03, 2014
  • jgb123 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I give Malala 5 stars but I thought the book read too much like a history book and too much on politics. I wanted more of Malala's story

This book really gives the reader insight of how rough life is for girls in Pakistan. This book is a good read for teens, adults and seniors! This book truly is an inspiration to all young female leaders out there!

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