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

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

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by Malala Yousafzai
     
 

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A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."

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.

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A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."

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 became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever 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, 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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...."
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."
From the Publisher
"The touching story will not only inform you of changing conditions in Pakistan, but inspire your rebellious spirit."—Matthew Love, Time Out New York"

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."—Isabel Berwick, The Financial Times"

Wise beyond her years...."—Annie Gowen, Marie Claire"

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."—Marie Arana, Washington Post"

Remarkable...a must-read, first-person account of her journey through global terrorism, her brave, encouraging parents, and her own fight for girls' education."—MarieClaire.com"

The victory of Malala Yousafzai is that she's just getting started."—Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon"

Briskly written but full of arresting detail.... Striking [and] surprising..."—Jill Lawless, Associated Press"

Ms. Yousafzai's stature as a symbol of peace and bravery has been established across the world..."—Salman Masood, The New York Times"

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."—Nick Schifrin, ABC.com"

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."—Dallas Morning News"

Her powerful message remains undiluted."—Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly"

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."Krystin Arneson, Bustle"

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."—Fouad Ajami, New York Post"

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."—Cristina Maza, PolicyMic"

Riveting.... [Malala's] clear voice [is] beautifully captured by Lamb."—Rafia Zakaria, Ms. Magazine"

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...."—Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer"

An inspiring, clearly written memoir that offers a glimpse of an extraordinary young woman and the confounding world from which she comes."—Karen Sandstrom, Cleveland Plain Dealer"

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."—Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald"

An eye-opener in the fight for girls' education equality."—More"

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."—Shehryar Fazli, Los Angeles Review of Books"

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"

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."
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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316322416
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
779
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Malala Yousafzai, the educational campaigner from Swat Valley, Pakistan, came to public attention by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. Using the pen name Gul Makai, she often spoke about her family's fight for girls' education in her community.

In October 2012, Malala was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived and continues her campaign for education.

In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, becoming the youngest-ever recipient at just seventeen years of age. She was also honored with the National Youth Peace Prize in Pakistan in 2011 and the International Children's Peace Prize in 2013, and she was short-listed for Time magazine's Person of the Year.

Malala continues to champion universal access to education through the Malala Fund, a non-
profit organization investing in community-led programs and supporting education advocates around the world.




Christina Lamb is one of the world's leading foreign correspondents. She has reported on Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1987. Educated at Oxford and Harvard, she is the author of five books and has won a number of awards, including Britain's Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times, as well as the Prix Bayeux-Calvados, Europe's most prestigious award for war correspondents. She currently works for the Sunday Times and lives in London and Portugal with her husband and son.

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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban 4.4 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 261 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
HappyDancer More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
DianeCascade More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book by a brave girl...
sakh More than 1 year ago
Great book must read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kittypus More than 1 year ago
Wonderful awe inspiring book that EVERYONE should read. She should have won the nobel peace prize!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brave and courageouse spirit
Recyclequeen3 More than 1 year ago
I liked learning about her life and how she has survived such a terrible event in her life (being shot by the Taliban). I've read Greg Mortenson's books "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones into Schools" around the time Malala was shot, so this additional story into the life of girls and education is one I was looking forward to reading, and learning about. I wish the story gave more details of the hardships of her traveling etc. when they were forced to leave SWAT by the Taliban etc. instead of just saying they went from here to there etc. At times it seems this book was not being written by her at all. The many paragraphs sometimes just quickly went from one point to another. There were at times tid bits of info on other countries that seemed to have only one sided information (which I can understand), but there are other times where she explains her new knowledge of what truly happened at certain events with other countries involvement. So, sometimes the book seems to have another person's point of view being pushed, and not Malala's, but for the most part, this was a page turner for me. I am very impressed by this humble girl and her fight for education for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is very brave
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Homeroom, we watch CNN News and this story came up. Ever single girl in class was crying. The boys were grabbing tissues for us. It was so sad. It makes you look at life in a whole different light. You realize how lucky you are and how you don't live in Pakistan where the Taliban have taken over. It was truly inspiring. Then, in English, we read an article about her. It was also very sad. We were giving a book project assignment where we had to read her book. I read it and I was shocked about everything that happened. I was shocked she survived and then hearing what people are saying, I was shocked people could be so negative about what happened to this girl. After everything that this young girl went through and people want to say something like that? She got shot in the head. She survived. She stood up for what she wanted and then, you wonder how many people you know who would do what Malala did. Forget all those movie superheroes or comic superheroes, the best superhero doesn't need to fly. The best superhero only needs to have a wise mind, a goal, and the courage plus the strength to follow through with it. And not the strength in your arms. You need to have a strong heart. WAY TO BE STRONG, MALALA!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3
LasVegasMia More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing account of Malala Yousafzai&rsquo;s life story. Defying the odds she spoke out for women&rsquo;s rights to be educated. For her defiance she was rewarded with a bullet to the head. That she survived is amazing. That she didn&rsquo;t back down as an outspoken advocate for women&rsquo;s education is even more amazing. I give this book my highest praise.
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
Malala is an amazing teenager. Incredibly smart and devout to learning, her God and her people. She does not know fear. The first few chapters, I loved, the description of her homeland and her family. After that, this book just became drudgery, very slow and boring. I did learn about Pakistan and for that I was grateful but it was written in such a way that it just seemed to drag on.
TrudylovesJesus More than 1 year ago
I'm enjoying this so far. This is a brave young lady who insists on knowledge of the world around her. Her father has strongly influenced her also, towards getting an education and not accepting the oppression of women. It's also very eye-opening as to how the Taliban slowly and methodically infiltrated a small community and eventually convinced the community to follow Sharia law; which of course included women not being educated.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I wish I had read this book sooner. It's now one of my favorite books and Malala is now one of my favorite people. Ignore the review I put above, it deserves infinite stars. I'm American and have been living in a bubble, shielded from bad things. I am a young teen, obsessed with celebrities and the latest show on Disney Channel. I Am Malala opened my eyes for the first time. I realized how desperately I wanted to make a difference in this world. At the end, when I read that a mere 50 dollars can send a girl to school my Christmas list quickly changed. Earlier I said that all I wanted was Selena Gomez concert tickets. Then I went to my mom and said, "Maybe one more thing... an education for a girl who needs it." Thank you to Malala for showing me how real this world is. Although I am not going to the school of my choice, I am getting an outstanding education. This book changed my life. I will never forget about it and I will always remember how lucky I am, to where flowy shirts without sleeves and short shorts. To wear makeup and jewelry. Others cannot. And while I knew that some women had to hide their bodies... It was at the back of my mind. I am very lucky to be American and I know just how lucky thanks to my new rolemodel.
rETIREDTEACHERTG More than 1 year ago
It was a glimpse into the Muslim world. The Muslim religion truly enslaves females because of their lack of opportunities for education. Malala is truly an original and brave soul. This book lets you understand why some countries will pretend to be our friends as they live in a world where you cannot trust anyone-in a world of abject poverty.