*Winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize*
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, 9 October 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price when she was shot in the head at point-blank range.
Malala Yousafzai's extraordinary journey has taken her from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations. She has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and is the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.
'Malala is an inspiration to girls and women all over the world' JK Rowling
'Moving and illuminating' Observer
'Inspirational and powerful' Grazia
'Her story is astonishing' Spectator
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Upon awakening from a medically induced coma in a Birmingham hospital, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai starts to piece together the events that carried her so far away from her home in Pakistan’s remote Swat Valley. I Am Malala details the heroic story of how she came to defy the Taliban by becoming a spokesperson for girls’ education—and was shot in the head for standing up for her convictions. This utterly compelling memoir alternates between fascinating insight into the radical Islamisation of the author’s beloved region and the diary-like observations of a headstrong teenager with a thing for the Twilight series, the colour pink and her backpack full of textbooks. Among all the tragedy and horrors that befall Malala’s homeland, her portrayal of her remarkable parents offers a beacon of hope. It’s thanks to the love and support of her illiterate, devout and compassionate mother (whose charity to relatives, neighbours and strangers knows no bounds) and her determined and open-minded father (who fights tooth and nail to run a school for both boys and girls) that this amazing survivor has become a globally recognised advocate for human rights.
Adapted with McCormick (Never Fall Down) from the adult bestseller, this inspiring memoir by activist Yousafzai sketches her brave actions to champion education in Pakistan under the Taliban. Her father runs a school in the Swat Valley, where Malala proves an eager student; as the Taliban gains influence, she increasingly becomes an international spokesperson for girls' right to learn. The narrative begins with a prologue in which a Taliban gunman boards her school bus and asks, "Who is Malala?" The authors then offer insight into the cultural and political events leading up to the shooting that followed and Yousafzai's dramatic recovery. Yousafzai highlights the escalating tensions as the Taliban takes hold including the strictures against girls attending school, the obliteration of Western influence, violence, and the eventual war but also brings the universal to life as she quarrels with her brothers, treasures her best friend, and strives to earn top grades. A glossary, color photo inserts, and an extensive timeline help establish context. It's a searing and personal portrait of a young woman who dared to make a difference. Ages 10 up.
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Malala is a global figure, courageous and inspirational. Of course like everyone else around at the time I knew her story from the media but I had never got around to reading her story in her own words. It is so much more powerful to do this, though I did find some of it (the political parts, acronyms) a bit hard going - Note: there is a glossary at the back.
It is clear that Malala has a strong yearning to return to live in Pakistan and it wouldn’t surprise me if one day she were to be a politician in her home country but how many years in the future that may be is anyone’s guess. I wouldn’t think she is in any danger from the Taliban now; to kill her would be to make her a martyr and even more influential, however threats to her family could be a way of silencing her. In the meantime a good education (Oxford University) will stand her in good stead if she does indeed wish to follow in the footsteps of her role model Benazir Bhutto and her Malala Fund and campaigning is doing good around the world. I wish her all the best in her future.
I found this book a fascinating. Reading about daily life in the Swat valley was very interesting.
Thank you Malala.
What about the other girls who were injured or shot dead while they stood up against Taliban??