A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
As seen on Netflix with David Letterman
"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."
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 became 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Upon awakening from a medically induced coma in a British 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 Islamization of the author’s beloved region and the diary-like observations of a headstrong teenager with a thing for the Twilight series, the color 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, neighbors, 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 recognized 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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I am Malala
This was a very well told and descriptive story! This helps us Americans see into the lives of people in the East. I hope Malala can be able to go home soon.
As a teacher, I wish all students felt this way about their education. Malala makes you remember how very much we, as westerners, can take for granted! Here's a young lady who can truly change the way things are with regards to education in these countries. The Taliban can't silence her! If anything, they've amplified her voice ten-fold!