I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot By the Taliban
Author: Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
Genre:Non-Fiction, Memoir, Biography
Originally Published: November 1st 2012
Format: Paperback (320 pages)
Synopsis: 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-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
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.
My Rating: ★★★★
I had been meaning to read this for a long time. Malala is such an inspirational person and is regularly referred to in our school as an example to others. I knew some of Malala’s story before I started reading this but I really feel that I have experienced something special by reading her story. Malala is such a special young woman who will continue to be a source of inspiration for young women and people for many years to come. Her story is important and I was both interested and horrified to read of her life in Pakistan. I learnt so much more from this book than I even imagined that I would. I feel completely in awe of this wonderful young woman who truly is an inspiration to me and many others. Malala loves her country and I only hope that one day her dream of returning there will come true.
What did I love most about the book?
I really enjoyed learning about the history of Pakistan, it was not something I expected from this book but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I also was completely captivated by Malala herself. Her outlook on life is so positive and I really feel that the world can learn so much from her.
“If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?”
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
“Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow.” Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.”
This is a profound and deeply moving account of Malala’s young and inspirational life so far. I can’t wait to watch the film/documentary that has been made about her. Check out the trailer below if you haven’t seen it already!
Have you read I Am Malala? What did you think?