I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)

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by Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick
     
 

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I Am Malala
is the memoir of a remarkable teenage girl who risked her life for the right to go to school. Raised in a changing Pakistan by an enlightened father from a poor background and a beautiful, illiterate mother from a political family,
Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. I Am Malala tells her story of bravery and

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I Am Malala
is the memoir of a remarkable teenage girl who risked her life for the right to go to school. Raised in a changing Pakistan by an enlightened father from a poor background and a beautiful, illiterate mother from a political family,
Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. I Am Malala tells her story of bravery and determination in the face of extremism, detailing the daily challenges of growing up in a world transformed by terror.

Written for her peers with critically acclaimed author Patricia McCormick, this important book is about the value of speaking out against intolerance and hate. It’s a message of hope from one girl who dreams of education for every girl in every country.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 08/25/2014
Adapted with McCormick (Never Fall Down) from the adult bestseller, this inspiring memoir by activist Yousafzai sketches her brave actions to champion education in Pakistan under the Taliban. Her father runs a school in the Swat Valley, where Malala proves an eager student; as the Taliban gains influence, she increasingly becomes an international spokesperson for girls' right to learn. The narrative begins with a prologue in which a Taliban gunman boards her school bus and asks, "Who is Malala?" The authors then offer insight into the cultural and political events leading up to the shooting that followed and Yousafzai's dramatic recovery. Yousafzai highlights the escalating tensions as the Taliban takes hold—including the strictures against girls attending school, the obliteration of Western influence, violence, and the eventual war—but also brings the universal to life as she quarrels with her brothers, treasures her best friend, and strives to earn top grades. A glossary, color photo inserts, and an extensive timeline help establish context. It's a searing and personal portrait of a young woman who dared to make a difference. Ages 10–up. (Aug.)
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Praise for I Am Malala:
A 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project List Selection
A CBC 2015 Children's Choice Book Awards Finalist

*"A searing and personal portrait of a young woman who dared to make a difference."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This is no simple redaction. With the capable assistance of co-author McCormick, the account has been effectively rewritten specifically for children...[I]t should pack quite a wallop."—Kirkus Reviews

"Although her efforts to attend school, and the subsequent attack she endured, make for a powerful story, Yousafzai writes just as vividly about her daily life as a child in Pakistan.... Yousafzai's fresh, straightforward voice creates an easily read narrative that will introduce a slew of younger readers to both her story and her mission."—Booklist

[Yousafzai's] strong voice and ideals come across on every page, emphasizing how her surroundings and supportive family helped her become the relevant figure she is today....—SLJ

School Library Journal
01/01/2015
Gr 6 Up—In this young readers edition of Yousafzai's best-selling memoir, the Nobel Peace Prize winner retells her experiences at home and at school and discusses the impact of the Taliban presence in Pakistan. Her strong voice and ideals come across on every page, emphasizing how her surroundings and supportive family helped her become the relevant figure she is today. Yousafzai highlights the importance of school and how it was the only space where she felt empowered. Although at times the transitions between personal accounts and historical background feel abrupt, Yousafzai effectively summarizes her story and her advocacy for girls' education, peace, and human rights. Above all, she stresses that she doesn't want to be known as the girl shot by the Taliban but rather as a young person who actively fought for education. A strong addition to social studies, history, and biography collections.—Sujei Lugo, Somerville Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-19
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot for her activism for girls' education, tells her story for a middle-grade audience.Although billed as a "young readers edition" of Yousafzai's 2013 book of the same name for adults, co-written with Christina Lamb, the designation does the book a disservice, as this is no simple redaction. With the capable assistance of co-author McCormick, the account has been effectively rewritten specifically for children. The story is straightforward, related chronologically and covering Yousafzai's growth in activism, her shooting and her recovery in England. Yousafzai's voice is appealingly youthful, though it often tells rather than shows and frequently goes over the top: In her school, she writes, "we flew on wings of knowledge." Still, young Western readers will come to understand the gulf that separates them from Yousafzai through carefully chosen anecdotes, helping them see what drives her to such lyrical extremes. Unfortunately, much is lost in the translation from the adult book, presumably sacrificed for brevity and directness; most lamentable is social and political context. Although readers will come away with a good understanding of Yousafzai's immediate experiences, the geopolitical forces that shape her culture go largely unmentioned except in a closing timeline that amounts to a dizzying list of regime changes. Though Yousafzai's memoir never transcends her story, that story is a powerful and inspiring one; supplemented by contextualizing information, it should pack quite a wallop. (glossary) (Memoir. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781478902331
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
08/19/2014
Sales rank:
299,454
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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 recognition of her courage and advocacy, she was honored with the National Peace Prize in Pakistan in 2011 and nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in the same year. She is the youngest ever person nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She was shortlisted for Time Magazine Person of the Year and has received numerous other awards. She continues to champion universal access to education through
The Malala Fund, a nonprofit organization investing in community-led education programs and supporting education advocates around the world.

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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Reader's Edition) 4.8 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 41 reviews.
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
This girl is an inspiration to readers of any age. She risked being killed for going to school, but kept on attending her local school in Pakistan until it had to be closed. A secret school was organized by her teacher and Malala attended that until ... She wakes up in a hospital in Birmingham, England. Malala continues to advocate for education for all children, especially girls. She remembers seeing a woman being beaten for disobedience.  Despite the terrible events, this is a book to be enjoyed  because it is a courageous and joyful one, like its heroine.  Events that unfold quickly, page after page, holding the reader's attention. The setting is integrated into the story, so that there are no long descriptions to discourage the middle-grade reader.  There are two sections of photographs in color and at the end, a Timeline of Important Events in the history of Pakistan. Anyone could enjoy and learn from this book, but especially readers in sixth grade and higher.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked how she told her story from the very beginning, with tons of details. So inspiring!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was wonderful (to put it mildly) and it was very inspiring. I think anyone reading this reveiw should read "I Am Malala
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommended this book for my 5th grader because she needed to choose a non-fiction book for school.  She loved it.  She read it so fast.  She is just amazed  at what Malala went thru and how Malala is so courageous in continuing to fight for her cause.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is a very big inspiration in my life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think she is awesome for standing up for what is right!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She has so much courage to stand up, and even to win a Nobel Prize! Its just amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample is reeally good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing
MollymageeDP More than 1 year ago
What a remarkable young lady. Her courage & faith in helping girls achieve success through education is amazing. This book is a great example of the power one voice can have. What an example she is for children & adults of every culture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Am Malala is an interesting and worthwhile book. The chapters are separated into parts, or sections. I think I Am Malala is interesting because the book talks about Malala’s life sense she was a baby. Some things her father told her is that when she was two she would always sit in the pre-k classes. I Am Malala is also interesting because on October 24, 2012 she was in the hospital she wanted to go back to school amenity. I think I Am Malala is also interesting because in Pakistan they have a different culture. I think the book is worthwhile because at the beginning of part two it pulls you into the book, but Malala’s story doesn’t end there. I recommend I Am Malala because Malala beautifully wrote the book. Malala also inclues a lot of details. The book I Am Malala is a wonderful book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is amzing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So inspirational and moving. This book teaches ordinary people how one voice can change the world. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I love Malala. She is a true inspiration to every girl. She might not be important to you, but she sure is for me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read this book ( yet) , but I already heard about Malala and I know she is great! As a femenist, Malala is inspiration to me and many others just like many other great woman! BTW alot of people think being a femenist is hating men or hating super models. NOT AT ALL! IT means that you think women should be treated fairly and have the same rights as men. By thank you for reading ,hope you agree
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read the book yet but i hear she is very interesting and my freind ttaylorfd hase the real book wondering about reading it any advice?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very heart warming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who the heck are you? Malala is the best thing that you will probaly ever know about!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is great. its about a girl who lived in Pakistan and didnt have many rights as a women. she fought for womens rights, but the leaders who make these rules did nlt like her at all. this is because she was going against the rules they are making. malala and her friends would have to go to school behind their backs without their uniform, even though they werent supposed to be going to school at all. soon, she got shot near her ear by one of these people, and goes through this big journey of trying to stay strong. this book is based on a true story and i think it could inspire many girls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved her story. She is warrior.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very touching and sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didnt read the book yet. But whatever. This teen is awesome.
Anonymous 8 days ago
If anyone knew my sister Ali. She is dead. Gavin. She told me all about you. She missed you. She loved you more than anything else in the world.
Angelrr 20 days ago
This book is an outstanding .She inspires girls around the world. Malala tells her tale as if we were sitting next to her.
Anonymous 9 months ago
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