I Am Malala

I Am Malala

The Story of the Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Book - 2013
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celiawhite99
Aug 29, 2019

Listened to audio book,skipped a lot, but book was good

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Chloekim0815
Jul 12, 2019

This book was the best book i've read. I loved how Malala faced the Taliban and recoverd from the shot.

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mnack_0
Jul 04, 2019

I actually didn't finish reading this. I got tired of being preached at by a 17 year old who - as is typical of most 17 year olds - has all the answers.

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murylurvesburks
Apr 13, 2019

Thrilling Story!

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Joan Louise Day
Apr 05, 2019

Very elementary level understanding of Pakistan and Islamic countries in general. She lived a very privileged life (e.g. her fathers advocacy for her education) which is uncommon for these areas. A decent book for a grade school student or adults wanting a very base overview on this topic, but for an avid reader in this subject area I was bored as the book barely tapped the surface.

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spiridiona
Apr 02, 2019

This book is Ok. I would recommend it for kids and teens as it will help teach them about privilege and taking things for granted. For adults, it's a "Good to know" kind of book. It's easy to read but quite flat and occasionally a bit boring. You will though walk away with more knowledge of Pakistan, their culture and the country struggles with the Taliban.

I liked I Am Malala because her story shows not just her life, but a problem that needs to be fixed that is affecting girls throughout Swat Valley.
-Lila, Age 11

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Snowtwirlga
Dec 18, 2018

It is an amazing book with a great, inspiring story for the youth like us. I would totally recommend this book to you guys.

In 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in head by the Taliban. This audiobook is a true account of this horrible crime, the events that led to it and the aftermath, including Malala’s recovery. Malala’s bravery, innocence, and positive outlook for the future are truly inspiring. I was amazed that such a young person could be so brave and stand to the Taliban. Also I found the book very engaging and inspiring. (submitted by IS)

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bella_52
Aug 03, 2018

this was a truly inspiring story.It was absolutely terrible that they treated woman that way and they still do I find that unfair that they have to go through that but I am so happy Malala did such a brave thing to stand up for what she believed in.That's why I think every one should read this book and hear her inspiring story.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 30, 2018

I am Malala is an eye opening book that shows how twisted some parts of the world are. I recommend this book to teens because I think that it can really teach them that they should speak up for what they believe in and to fight for what is right. The story follows the life of Malala Yousafzai as she stands up for womens education rights even as the Taliban invades her village. I love how detailed the book is and how it's able to show the readers how Malala felt throughout the different situations she was put in. I would give this book 5/5 stars because it has a great message (to fight for what you believe in). I am Malala also won Goodreads Choice Awards Best Memoir and Autobiography. The book features pictures of Malalas journey from where she started to where she is today which I think is a really cool aspect of the novel. I hope that people would give this book a read because it can also help you learn about how different countries work compared to yours. @bookworm of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I am Malala is about a girl named Malala that used to live in the valley of Swat. Swat is in Pakistan. Throughout the book, she expresses how she loves going school and enjoys growing up with her education rights. During the story, the Taliban overthrows and controls the valley of Swat. The Taliban is a terrioist group trying to enforce the Islamic rules in Afghanistan. These rules include banning CD’s, any women in public, music and the list goes on and on. Most importantly they ban education rights for women. Malala bursts out of her shell as an activist for women’s education. Later in the book she gets death threats and the becomes the most wanted person by the Talibian. Then she gets shot in the head by the Taliban and gets transferred to England where it is more safe and can be cared for. After he recovery, she goes around the whole world advocating for her rights and every women’s rights. This story is a national bestseller, it is very impactful, a page turner and an amazing bibliography of someone’s life! @rusty_reads of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I Am Malala is an inspiring eye-opening book about Malala Yousafzai, the girl who stood up to the Taliban. She was born in Swat Valley, Pakistan- a place controlled by the Taliban. Girls were not allowed to attend school and many people avoided going outside out of fear from the Taliban. She was shot in 2012 by the Taliban for expressing her opinions about women's rights and education. Although the shot was a way to silence her, Malala's voice only became stronger and soon after, she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. After reading this book, I became aware of the struggles in poorer developing countries. I became a lot more grateful for things such as education, freedom of speech and expression, and more. Today, Malala's voice is more powerful than ever and her campaigns and speeches have helped thousands of girls attend school. Although she is only a couple of years older than me, Malala Yousafzai is someone that I will always look up to and respect. I would rate this book 5/5 and I would highly recommend this book to anyone as it will definitely change your perspective on education and rights.
- @phlanets of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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ALVAisawesome
Mar 22, 2018

"I Am Malala" is one of the most inspirational and riveting books out there that explores the depth of the struggles of certain south Asian countries due to the militant Taliban. Most people on this side of the world realize that organizations like ISIS, Al-Queda, and the Taliban exist, but give no thought about them for their trivial "first world problems" are more important than the suffering women and men in Pakistan and Afganistan under the iron fist of the Taliban. The American people, currently, seem to be passing through a "gilded age" when foreign policy is concerned for most are unaware of the atrocities that happen around the world because they care about the current administration's tax cuts and exaggerate its impact. Tax cuts are a very controversial topic and do concern us, but what I am afraid of is that people will not realize what goes on around the globe and how fortunate we are to be where we are in the world; this curtain of ignorance makes them oblivious to problems faced by underprivileged peoples on this green earth which we proclaim has secured all basic human rights like the freedom to a roof over one's head, to food and water, to religion, to speech, and to education.
The book has various reasons for being as heart-wrenching and persuasive as it is. First and foremost, "I Am Malala" is so powerful and influential because it is a narrative of a girl who was more politically active when she was eleven than we will ever be in all our lives. This can make the reader feel guilty for not taking any action. I sure did. It is also very dynamic because Malala describes her life before the Taliban took over her hometown of Mingora in the vast valley of Swat, which demonstrates to the world how normal, free, and un-terrorist like most Pakistanis are. This is most terribly important for there are, to my surprise, people out there that believe that all brown people are terrorists. Her account of her childhood reverses this stereotype which is essential for someone to proceed to feel empathy for the oppressed peoples which forces them to take action. Once she skillfully introduces the reader to the barbarity of the Taliban and the horrific net of conformity that had been cast over the people of Swat, she progresses to describe in excruciating detail her being shot, which is very powerful, for she is an innocent sixteen-year-old girl being shot for demanding something as basic as the freedom to interpret the Quran by herself, a necessary part of practicing religion for every Muslim, which requires education that is being denied to so many. In the end, she persuades the reader that education is as important as any other right. The narrative exudes an underlying theme that helps the reader realize that one voice can change everything, or at the very least set things in motion on the right path. I consider this to be a very important lesson to today's youth especially because most have developed a mentality of "my voice is insignificant and it is not going to change the way things are if I take action or not." Overall, a very moving story that has been very talentedly written. I recommend this book to every literate person in every corner of the globe.
Rating: 100/10

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Linyarai
Mar 06, 2018

I read this book for the "A Book About A Current World Issue" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I really enjoyed it, it was extremely educational as I knew nothing about her culture or her country. I'm glad she persevered and is continuing to fight for the right to education.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 07, 2017

Malala Yousafzai, one of my biggest heroes. She is a really influential girl who has devoted her life to advocating for women's rights and the right to freedom of expression. The book is based on how one girl stood up and changed the world for education. This book is her difficult journey autobiography. She's not letting anyone else define who she is or what she's worth. She's so far the only one has done it, it's something that everybody should also bring to heart. This book is very well authored along with its incredible tale. There was also a flow of writing from section to section. For some of the subjects mentioned, I would suggest this book to anyone over the age of 13. But because of the significance of these problems, it should be read by everyone. In many nations, both discrimination against females and absence of freedom of expression. This book has been an exciting, informative and inspiring reading overall. In this novel, her enthusiasm and bravery are really shining, making the reader feel the same way. Surely this book is a must for anyone. 5/5. @TheBookWorm of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board.

This book is about how one girl stood up for her dreams. She was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for expressing her thoughts and feelings. This is a very inspirational book, and this should be read by everyone. It shows how to not be afraid of anyone sayings you have to learn to speak up. At a very young age, she was shot and the bullet was nearly right beside her brain and would have damaged it. Her family has been through hardship and sacrifice because of the destruction of other schools. Girls weren't able to attend school because of a random saying by the Taliban. And women should be covering their face. Back in Pakistan, it was very hard for Malala and her family, once shot she was brought to Birmingham for recovery and lived there from then on. Rating 5/5
- @Bookworm5755 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I Am Malala is not a book, but rather a reality check that tells you the bitterly sad truths of the parts of our world where unfortunately education is still a dream that has to be fought and advocated for. I have been reminded of the everyday luxuries I constantly take for granted. I am lucky to live in a country where the safety of citizens, women empowerment, education for all genders, freedom of expression, and freedom of speech are given top priority. The sentiments expressed by Malala Yousafzai gave me the realization that education and freedom are the two most precious things that can uplift any person on this planet. Star Rating: 5/5 stars
- @moonlite of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I Am Malala is one of the most interesting, in depth and heart-touching novels I have read, and considering this is a biography written by the international heroine herself, it is inspirational and life-changing as well. Malala Yousafzai’s story and change has shocked and sculpted the world as we know it and has also highlighted women and girl’s general and educational rights. So what’s her story? Malala was a young girl of fifteen in Swat, Pakistan. In a place where people feared venturing out in the streets, Malala took a stand for the education she so valued and respected; but her boldness took a sad and horrifying turn when she was shot in the bus that was taking her to school. As we now know, Malala survived that bullet and instead of allowing it to bring down her fierce and powerful voice, she took the pain and morphed it into blossoming words that planted seeds in every corner of the world. The flowers of these seeds are now in full bloom around the world, and through this book one can see the lasting effect and backstory of the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history.
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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ang_reads
May 05, 2017

Malala's story is an inspiration. The bullets intended to silence her were a loudspeaker for her cause. It's an eye-opening explanation about the difficulties in Pakistan, but also the triumph of the human spirit. Her message for universal education and always keeping love in your heart was truly touching. Through her story, she wove humility and empathy. It reminded me how privileged I am to be literate and live in Canada.

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sgcf
Mar 26, 2017

This Pakistani teen-ager’s passion for universal education, her natural skill as an orator, and the solid encouragement of her enlightened parents makes me think that this young woman is destined for great things – another Mother Teresa, Ghandi or Mandela in the making. Although the book is not perfectly written (she was only 16) and heavy on Pakistani history for the first half, it’s necessary to set up the context. She’s a remarkable and courageous young woman in light of women’s roles in her culture, and I’m inspired to keep my eye on her development.

ByLori Feb 09, 2017

I was excited to learn more about Malala in this story, but was hoping for a more smooth narrative in this book. Her story is strong and interesting, but the writing was a bit dry and read more like some of the more traditional presentation of facts and information, instead of the memoir style I enjoy more.

BostonPL_JordanD Oct 29, 2016

I was expecting Malala’s story to start on the day she was shot. Or perhaps the day before that. Instead, Malala explains the short history of Pakistan, her parents’ early experiences, and how she has been raised to appreciate education from her father. These first few sections are not entirely told in chronological order, but regardless, the story flows very easily from one topic to the next and I found each one very fascinating. The opening section, “Birmingham, England, June 2015” gives an update on Malala’s life since the first edition of the book came out in 2013 and while I loved that there was an update, I felt it was oddly placed at the beginning before I had even read what had happened.
Malala gives a good description of the Swat valley where she lives, showing the reader just how much she loves her homeland. I felt as if I were there with her, seeing the flora and fauna, and sitting beside her in school. Her descriptions of people are more vague and even her own brothers don’t get very many mentions. This may have been done for privacy reasons, of course, but I would have liked to know a little bit more about her friends and brothers at the very least. More importantly, however, she explains that not all Muslims belong to the Taliban, something a lot of people around the world need to understand.
While this was co-written with Christina Lamb, the words felt as if they were coming from Malala, not Christina. This was well written, easy to understand, hard to put down, and a quick read.
Almost as soon as Malala was shot the whole world knew and was outraged by it, though some from her own country thought her family was faking the incident in order to escape Pakistan. Since the first edition of her book came out in 2013, millions of people have picked up a copy and read about her life. Her book is real. It is painful. It is heartwarming. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. If you haven’t read it yet, do so now, and understand why education is important for all children around the world.

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zainabqiam
Oct 10, 2016

great book

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KMJ_
Oct 09, 2016

Activism was a part of Malala’s life from very early on. Her father founded numerous schools, and always worked to make sure that girls in their society were able to receive a well-rounded education. This book gives a very vivid account of what Malala’s early life in the Swat Valley was like, and then how everything changed after the Taliban’s calculated overthrow of their society. Malala writes longingly of her birthplace, but recognizes that she now has an opportunity to advocate for education to a global audience. It's a very moving book, and it's wonderful to hear Malala's story in her own words.

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darcyhudjik
Sep 13, 2016

An amazing story of an intelligent, brave girl in a harsh setting. It reminds me of Diary of a Young Girl by Ann Frank.

SquamishLibraryStaff Sep 08, 2016

"I am Malala" is everything you expect a book to be that is written by a young, passionate, activist who has bravely overcome barriers, and fought for her rights, her country, and her life. Malala's story was both fresh, sprinkled with stories of her home-life and time at school, and sharply jarring, as she unfolds a narrative of a dramatically changing political landscape and how fear and oppression can take root in a country.

I only gave it 4 stars because despite the gravity of Malala's story, the writing and narration was somewhat repetitive and simplified, re-iterating phrasing and themes. This could be a simple effect of Malala's age or because she is a non-native English speaker, or may have been intentional, communicating a simple and clear story accessible to a wide range of readership levels. In my opinion though, the simplification and reiteration made the book less interesting, and detracted from the nuance and depth that could have been. However, this is in comparison to more mature memoirs.

On the whole, "I am Malala" is a powerful and valuable read worth your time, and will give you new perspectives on Pakistan and the Middle East, the transformational potential of education and activism, and the importance of making education a global human right, not a privilege. It also raises questions of religion, freedom, and the political use of fear in both Pakistan and around the world. This story will inspire, educate, and stay with you long after reading.

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DorisWaggoner
Jul 03, 2016

Malala's story is important. This book tells it from her own point of view, full of interest to those outside her beloved Swat Valley. For me, the problem is that, brilliant as Malala is, she doesn't have enough perspective on the events she's reporting on. Ten years from now, she will be able to write a much better book. For this reason, and because her story is important to the world now, a journalist with considerable knowledge of the area worked with her to help write the story. So sometimes the story reads like that of an adult, and sometimes like that of the child Malala. The book's tone is inconsistent. I hope that years from now, Malala will write her story again, entirely on her own. This is not a bad book. It's just not the book it will be when she's got more perspective on the important events that happened to her and her family.

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AbebechBekele
Jun 29, 2016

I am Malala inspired many young Pakistan children to stand up for their equality, rights and have same power as men. By standing up she gave equal educational opportunities for girls and women who is subjected to stay at home.By sacrificing her life she had inspired many women that if they stand up anything can change. I think you should read this book you will surprise.

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becker
May 17, 2016

This young woman is incredible and inspiring...unfortunately the book is not. I gave it 3 stars out of respect for her experience but I was disappointed with the book.


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