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

"Riveting.... It is difficult to imagine a chronicle of a war more moving, apart from perhaps the diary of Anne Frank." —Washington Post

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. In October 2012, when she was 15, Malala almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head 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 16, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Hailed by the Associated Press for its "arresting detail," I AM MALALA will make readers believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316322423
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 333
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Malala Yousafzai came to public attention at the age of eleven 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 the winner of Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize in 2011 and was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize in the same year. She is the youngest person ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She was one of four runners-up for Time magazine's Person of the Year and has received numerous other awards.

Malala continues to champion universal access to education through the Malala Fund, a nonprofit 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.

Table of Contents

Prologue 3

Part 1

1 A Daughter Is Born 13

2 My Father the Falcon 27

3 Growing Up in a School 40

4 The Village 58

5 Why I Don t Wear Earrings and Pashtuns Don't Say Thank You 69

6 Children of the Rubbish Mountain 80

7 The Mufti Who Tried to Close Our School 90

8 The Autumn of the Earthquake 102

Part 2 The Valley of Death

9 Radio Mullah 111

10 Toffees, Tennis Balls and the Buddhas of Swat 123

11 The Clever Class 135

12 The Bloody Square 147

13 The Diary of Gul Makai 154

14 A Funny Kind of Peace 165

15 Leaving the Valley 176

Part 3

16 The Valley of Sorrows 189

17 Praying to Be Tall 205

18 The Woman and the Sea 218

19 A Private Talibanization 227

10 Who Is Malala? 236

Part 4

21 "God, I Entrust Her to You" 245

22 Journey into the Unknown 261

Part 5 A Second Life

23 "The Girl Shot in the Head, Birmingham" 275

24 "They Have Snatched Her Smile" 290

Epilogue: One Child, One Teacher, One Book, One Pen… 303

Glossary 315

Important Events in Pakistan and Swat 319

Acknowledgments 323

A Note on the Malala Fund 327

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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 0 ratings. 281 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 More than 1 year 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.