I Am Malala

I Am Malala

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

Large Print - 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little Brown and Company, ©2013.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780316286633
Characteristics: viii, 455 pages , 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,colour illustrations, colour portraits, map ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lamb, Christina - Author


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Sep 07, 2017

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

Malala is one of my biggest inspirations, and this book made me look up to her even more. The fact that someone made such a large impact on the world at such a young age baffles me. I am so grateful that she exists and the fact that she has become a public figure. Anyone who wants to learn about the cruelness of 'humanity' and truly wants to be motivated to make a difference, please read Malala's book. These are the true, vulnerable, raw thoughts of a young girl who has experienced and witnessed the most extreme forms of oppression. This is a novel I will be passing on to all of the young women in my life. 4.5/5 Stars
- @activistreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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.

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_AnnaD 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.

Oct 10, 2016

great book

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ 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.

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.

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.

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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BostonPL_AnnaD 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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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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