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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When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.
Malala Yousafzai describes her fight for education for girls under Taliban rule, the support she received from her parents to pursue an education, and how the Taliban retaliated against her by trying to kill her.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, & Company, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316322409
Call Number: B Y8875a
Characteristics: viii, 327 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Lamb, Christina - Author


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Richmond_TeenVolunteer Jan 26, 2019

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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Malala Yousafzai is a girl from Pakistan who advocates education be provided for all - including girls. Read about the assassination attempt by terrorist group, the Taliban, and her ongoing fight to create access to education, for every child.

Autobiography of a 19 year old Pakistani girl who got shot in the head by a terrorist group and still fights for education rights for women.

The words of Malala Yousafzai, who refused to be silenced and fights for her right to an education.

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Mar 24, 2020

This biography is written exceptionally well because it's as if we are living with Malala, it's written just like how a story would be written. Biographies are usually more factual than fictional but Malala combines the two to make this story wonderful. This includes the real photos from Malala's life. It inspired me to never give up, just how Malala never gave up, and was willing to risk her life for girls' rights.

Aug 29, 2019

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

Jul 12, 2019

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

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.

Apr 13, 2019

Thrilling Story!

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.

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

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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BostonPL_JordanD Oct 29, 2016

“Peace in every home, every street, every village, every country – this is my dream. Education for every boy and every girl in the world. To sit down on a chair and read my books with all of my friends at school is my right. To see each and every human being with a smile of happiness is my wish. I am Malala. My world has changed but I have not.” – Malala Yousafzai

Jul 27, 2015

"Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human." page 162

Jul 12, 2015

"We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced."

"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful."

May 11, 2015

My mother always told me, "Hide your face--people are looking at you." I would reply, "It doesn't matter; I'm also looking at them..."

May 11, 2015

I had no idea what New York and America were... We did not realize then that 9/11 would change our world too, and bring war into our valley.

PimaLib_AmyM May 06, 2015

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced”

Jun 15, 2014

"I realized that even if you win three or four times, the next victory will not necessarily be yours without trying" p. 64


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Feb 08, 2019

This book is amazing. I didn't get to finish it. This was my first time reading a non-fiction book and it wasn't bad for starters. Malala's experience for standing up for girl's education will reach out to other countries or certain places that don't allow females to get education and do something in life. This is not just her life story, it's an adive or some sort for young ladies like her, who would've been in her shoes or done something like this. Every girl or women deserve to have what men get to have in live, I'm talking about having jobs, education, and same treatment. We are all equal.

Jul 01, 2016

Before the shooting, she emerged as a local activist for girls' education. After the shooting, her message and activism reached the global level. With determination and courage, Malala's dream for every girl in the world to go to school becomes contagious. Her story teaches us that being a spark for change doesn't require an old age.

Jun 29, 2016

The story of the young woman who stood up for girls education and nearly payed the ultimate price.

violet_dolphin_2015 Aug 09, 2014

this book is about a girl how stood up for she want to do and know and that was girls should go to school


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