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About the Author

Malala Yousafzai was born in the Swat Valley of Pakistan on July 12, 1997. In 2009, she wrote a diary for BBC using a pen name about the critical situation in Swat at that time. On October 8, 2012, she was attacked by the Taliban while returning home from school. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up show more for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban is her first book. She won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2015 she launched the #BooksNotBullets campaign on social media to pressure world leaders to invest in education rather than the military. Yousafzai asks low- and middle-income countries to commit a minimum of 20% of national budgets on education, rather than the current average of 15%. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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This book is really an amazing read. It's perfect for really young children and its story follows really influential people throughout the years who have helped shaped the world. The book shows us that these people are still human and just like us in certain ways.
Cbonham21 | 1 other review | Mar 1, 2024 |
I think this book has a laudable purpose, it just feels rather that it is aimed at a younger readership, as there's a lack of nuance in here.
I'm reminded of the quote, the death of 1 man is a tragedy, that of millions a statistic. We often hear of refugees in terms of the numbers trying to cross or the number seeking asylum. It isn't often that those faceless numbers become human. This books aims, in part, to do that, to tell individual stories of some of those many people.
It selects just women, mostly young, and tells their story. That means that for the most part they aren't the ones faced with the decision to leave, they are caught up in that decision. The mixed emotions between the leaving behind something that was familiar,even if now dangerous, and moving to something entirely new and scary is there, but glossed over. Their stories all ended up sounding very similar, there was little in the way of individual voices here and the stories had a cookie cutter feel about them. It is a book with laudable aim, but it didn't land.… (more)
Helenliz | 8 other reviews | Mar 1, 2024 |
I read the young adult version of this book. I loved it. It's not that well written, but the story is beautiful. So eye opening. Even though the world is so different in Pakistan, the children are the same. Malala and her friends argue over Team Edward or Team Jacob. They love Taylor Swift. Malala loves watching Ugly Betty! Such a brilliant girl from a wonderful loving family, who only wants peace and education for all.
mjphillips | 68 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |



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