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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

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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.… (more)
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So glad I finally read not just about the Taliban shooting Malala over her education campaign, but also about her family and her country's history and culture. ( )
  johanna.florez21 | May 27, 2024 |
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
It may not have been THE shot heard ‘round the world, but it certainly was a shot that invoked outrage around the globe when, on October 9, 2012, fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was deliberately shot in the face by the Taliban, who hoped to silence her for good but only amplified her voice.

Yousafzai was already known for outspoken views on education for girls when a young man boarded the van taking her and other schoolmates home, asked, “Who is Malala?” and though no one answered, a few looked her way, so he fired three bullets at her. One hit her in the eye socket; two other girls were also injured. Even while in a medically-induced coma in a Pakistani hospital, Malala became the face of Pakistani girls fighting for an education as the Taliban destroyed their schools, demanding purdah, killing and maiming.

Yousafzai describes the beautiful Swat Valley in which she grew up and how, when she was ten, the Taliban began eradicating the Pashtun way of life, destroying art, architecture, music, customs, culture. Her father, Ziauddin, was a teacher and a peace activist, and he adored Malala. He spoke out against Taliban leaders and for the right of all children, including girls, to an education. Malala was even more outspoken, and in her early teens, began writing a column for BBC Urdu and blogging about life under the Taliban, including how the intimidation tactics by the Taliban were forcing girls to drop out of school, even before the Taliban announced an outright ban. She made known her dream that every girl in Swat should be allowed to go to school. She gave interviews, speaking out more brazenly against the Taliban, and prizes and awards followed, as did threats against her and her family.

Part memoir and part manifesto, I Am Malala, is a well-written narrative of her experiences, woven in with a history of Pakistani politics, the rise of religious extremism in the Swat Valley region, and the ever-changing sociopolitical climate in Pakistan.
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  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
I highly recommend this book. Malala tells her story clearly and honestly. She provides background of her country, her religion, her family and where she grew up. She shares her dreams and challenges and is positive and hopeful. She does not hate the man that shot her nor does she want revenge. She is passionate and determined to help others and to bring education to boys and girls in her country and in the world. She is an inspiration to all girls, women and all people. ( )
  LuLibro | Jan 22, 2024 |
An incredible story beautifully written, including much more history and backstories than I was anticipating. I borrowed this book from the library and will be purchasing it to read over and over. My daughter listened to the audio book at age (nearly) 7 and will read it again when she is older. I hope this becomes (or already is) a standard middle or high school read for students everywhere. Absolutely moving ( )
  rosenmemily | Jan 7, 2024 |
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Yousafzai, Malalaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lamb, Christinamain authorall editionsconfirmed
Panjabi, ArchieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To all the girls who have faced injustice and been silenced. Together we will be heard.
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When I was born, people in our village commiserated with my mother and nobody congratulated my father.
Prologue: I come from a country that was created at midnight.
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Though we loved school, we hadn't realized how important education was until the Taliban tried to stop us.
The Taliban could take our pens and books, but they couldn't stop our minds from thinking.
I was trying to get my head around the fact that she had been living in Karachi for thirty years and yet had never actually aid eyes on the ocean. Her husband would not take her to the beach, and even if she had somehow slipped out of the house, she would not have been able to follow the signs to the sea because she could not read.
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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.

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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.
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