I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

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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. When she was shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home from school, few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in Northern ...

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Overview

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. When she was shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home from school, 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 nominee 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, and of Malala's parents' fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

It will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

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Editorial Reviews

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You might not recognize the name of Malala Yousafzai, but you probably recall the jarring event that made her famous: On October 9th, 2012, Taliban gunmen attempted to assassinate her as this young Pakistani education activist returned home on a bus. Her story as told here by herself and five-time Foreign Correspondent of Year Christina Lamb is far more than a grim reprise of that grim life-threatening afternoon. Indeed, Yousafzai's autobiography serves as a miniature history of a region entangled in fierce, sometimes deadly culture wars.

Shehryar Fazli
"The voice that beams, 'I am Malala' is the voice that continues to meet the assassin's challenge. It is the voice of a courageous campaigner who still fights for girls' education. The voice of an icon who may one day be able to return to her country, but who even from afar symbolizes its noblest cause."
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"An eye-opener in the fight for girls' education equality."
Washington Post
"Her riveting story should be read not only for its vivid drama but also for its urgent message about the untapped power of girls."
Marie Arana
"Riveting.... Co-written with Christina Lamb, a veteran British journalist who has an evident passion for Pakistan and can render its complicated history with pristine clarity, this is a book that should be read not only for its vivid drama but for its urgent message about the untapped power of girls.... It is difficult to imagine a chronicle of a war more moving, apart from perhaps the diary of Anne Frank. With the essential difference that we lost that girl, and by some miracle, we still have this one."
MarieClaire.com
"Remarkable...a must-read, first-person account of her journey through global terrorism, her brave, encouraging parents, and her own fight for girls' education."
Mary Elizabeth Williams
"The victory of Malala Yousafzai is that she's just getting started."
Jill Lawless
"Briskly written but full of arresting detail.... Striking [and] surprising..."
Salman Masood
"Ms. Yousafzai's stature as a symbol of peace and bravery has been established across the world..."
Nick Schifrin
"Not only has Malala Yousafzai become an international symbol of inspiration and bravery, but her survival instilled educators with courage-and is slowly helping make Pakistani schools safer."
Dallas Morning News
"For a teenage girl in a distant corner of the globe to spark life into this movement-against overwhelming odds-is truly extraordinary. The world must not allow Malala's message to die."
Kate Zabinsky
"Malala....has done more to legitimize the 'war on terror' than any politicians in Washington."
Tina Jordan
"Her powerful message remains undiluted."
Krystin Arneson
"In simple, clear writing, I AM MALALA gives a rare and moving first-person glance into what it's like to be a teenager in a country seized by extremists who stand against the basic freedoms you believe in."
Fouad Ajami
"Malala matters....In her modesty and dignity, she should be Islam's beloved daughter, her journey a return to the early promise of Muslim modernism."
Cristina Maza
"Incredibly inspirational.... Malala is intelligent and fiery with dreams of changing the world, but the book has the added benefit of being a true story that is easily interwoven with important global issues such as human rights, development, education, and peace.... If there is one thing that I AM MALALA should teach us, it is to look beyond Manichean narratives of good and evil. It is important to applaud Malala for the awareness she has built around important issues like education for young women."
Rafia Zakaria
"Riveting.... [Malala's] clear voice [is] beautifully captured by Lamb."
Trudy Rubin
"A gripping story.... What makes this book so important is not just the universal value of Malala's cause.... It's the relevance of her story to one of the most vexing security questions in today's crazy world...."
Karen Sandstrom
"An inspiring, clearly written memoir that offers a glimpse of an extraordinary young woman and the confounding world from which she comes."
Leonard Pitts Jr.
"One hears some ghosts of Anne Frank in reading I AM MALALA, the flightiness, effervescence and, well...girlishness of an adolescent girl flung once again the indifferent violence of inhuman men, like flowers hurled against a stone wall."
Library Journal
On October 9, 2012, the teenaged Yousafzai was very nearly assassinated by members of the Taliban who objected to her education and women's rights activism in Pakistan. Currently, she lives in England, under threat of execution by the Taliban if she returns home. Lamb, who has been reporting from Pakistan for 26 years and was named Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times, helps Yousafzai tell her hugely significant story.
Matthew Love
"The touching story will not only inform you of changing conditions in Pakistan, but inspire your rebellious spirit."
Isabel Berwick
"Ms. Yousafzai has single-handedly turned the issue of the right of girls--and all children--to be educated into headline news. And she is a figure worth hearing."
Annie Gowen
"Wise beyond her years...."
From the Publisher
"A story for each and every girl who chooses to break societal taboos, challenge the clergy, declare war against illiteracy and believe in the power of the pen."—Daud Khattak, Newark Star Ledger

"[A] vivid autobiography.... Yousafzai possesses an eloquence beyond her years, but her touching asides drive home the fact that she's also very much a 16-year-old girl.... Captivating and surprisingly personal."—Erika W. Smith, Bust

"Like millions around the world, I draw strength from brave Malala's example.... Malala is a testament that women everywhere will not be intimidated into silence. We will make our voices heard."—Gabrielle Giffords, Time magazine's "TIME 100"

"Compelling. It's a brave girl's tale in an unsafe country, and it reveals her fierce determination to make the world a better place."—Michael Taube, Washington Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316322409
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 191
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Malala was born in 1997 in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. Her short lifetime has encompassed devastating changes in her country as it has been transformed from a once peaceful land to a hotbed of Islamic extremism. The Taliban have said Malala, who now lives in Birmingham, England, will be killed if she returns home. But she says she has been given a second life that she intends to use for the good of the people and her dream that all girls everywhere deserve an education.

Co-author Christina Lamb is one of Britain's leading foreign correspondents and knows Pakistan intimately. She lived in Peshawar for two years and has reported from Pakistan for 26 years. She has followed al Qaeda since its beginnings and was the only journalist on Benazir Bhutto's bus in 2007 when it was bombed. She has been named Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times and was awarded the Prix Bayeux, Europe's most prestigious award for war reporting. She recently returned to London from Washington where she spent three years as US editor of the Sunday Times of London. She is the author of five books including the bestselling The Africa House; Waiting for Allah, Pakistan's struggle for democracy; and The Sewing Circles of Herat which was runner up in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers award. The mother of a 13 year old, she cares passionately about education and is a patron of Afghan Connection which sets up schools in Afghanistan and is on the board of Institute of War and Peace Reporting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    I find it very interesting that there are already two reviews of

    I find it very interesting that there are already two reviews of this book, both negative and both anonymous. Since the book was just released its a bit difficult to accept that they had time to actually READ the book, and even more difficult to accept that they could give it such low marks. This is a story that has to be told and hopefully lead to the capture of those COWARDS who are responsible for the shooting of this brave, little girl.

    71 out of 75 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Malala

    I heard about this girl in the news, she is an amazing person in my opinion. I would of never had the guts to stand up for my opinion that is why I think that Malala is an outstanding role-model for any one of any age. Long live Malala!

    - Hope .F. Villagrana
    Age- 12 1/2

    50 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

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    I am Malala is a brave and fascinating book. Malala stood up to

    I am Malala is a brave and fascinating book. Malala stood up to the Taliban and argued for the right to an education. In response the Taliban shot Malala at point blank in the head. Yet Malala survived to tell her story. How brave!

    34 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

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    I am Malala is a truly amazing book. It consists of the account

    I am Malala is a truly amazing book. It consists of the account of a young woman who stood up to the evil Taliban. As a result of her demonstration of courage she was shot in the head. But talk about courage. She survived and became a world voice on the right to education. A truly inspirational story! She has a beautiful way with words. Five stars.

    20 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    What an amazing girl.  So inspirational.  I truly hope her story

    What an amazing girl.  So inspirational.  I truly hope her story will open the global community's eyes to the plight of girls' educational struggles in Pakistan and elsewhere.  Malala will win the Nobel Peace Prize some day. 

    20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

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    Malala is an unusual daughter of Pakistan. All women should be p

    Malala is an unusual daughter of Pakistan. All women should be proud of her. I think that Malala is an outstanding role-model for all of us. Long live Malala!
    Dr. S Z A Zaidi, MBBS, FCPS, FRCP, FRCPath, FACP

    19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

    Great book must read. 

    Great book must read. 

    15 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Great book by a brave girl...

    Great book by a brave girl...

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    I agree with the first reveiw

    I agree u cant judge a book buy its cover i doubt they even read it it just came out its to thick to read in a couple days

    14 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    I WANT TO READ IT SO BAD

    I read the sample and Malala has such a beautiful way with words that makes you truly see her village and her house and garden. She is very bright and must be very brave to stand up for a woman's education even when a man shoots her for it. She is my role model and a fantastic spirit. She is truly a child of God. AND SHE IS SO PRETTY!!! You would think that after being shot in the left eye, she would need face reconstructing surgery, but she is just gorgeous. I want to read it so bad. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE SAMPLE DO IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Inspiring book

    At a time when most American girls are interested in gossip, the latest fashions and hair/make-up, Malala wants nothing more than children to have an education. She is an inspiration to women every where. I had not realized Pakistan had been Talibinized like Afghanistan. It amazes and saddens me the know about things men do in times of war. Thank you Malala for speaking out.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    Wonderful awe inspiring book that EVERYONE should read. She shou

    Wonderful awe inspiring book that EVERYONE should read. She should have won the nobel peace prize!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    I heard about her

    She is very brave

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    The power of the pen

    What an amazing story! And also, what an amazing father! Malala's father never was ashamed to have a daughter, he nutured her and created a wonderful caring human being, so wonderful that god blessed her with a second chance at life! I will continue to follow her story, many blessings to you little lady!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    This is a great book !!! This young lady inspires me, and am gla

    This is a great book !!! This young lady inspires me, and am glad I read this. I think I will stop complaining and get busy living - she did!!!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Malala

    A brave and courageouse spirit

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    I am in the middle of this book, it is well written and very int

    I am in the middle of this book, it is well written and very interesting.  I have been following Malala's story.  I wish her a lond and happy life.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    By Malala

    Every girl everywere should have the right to go to school.We woman should be able to stand up for our rights to go to school.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    I heard her do a speech thing

    i was like PREACH IT SISTAH!!!!! &hearts &infin

    7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Malala Yousafzai's story is one of steadfast courage and inspira

    Malala Yousafzai's story is one of steadfast courage and inspiration and for that reason I would recommend this book.. However, at times I found the writing disjointed and difficult to follow.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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