Thursday, November 3, 2016

Book Review: I AM MALALA by Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai & Christian Lamb
Little, Brown & Co.

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.


I, like just about everyone else in the world, knew who Malala was. She was the Pakastani girl who got shot by the Taliban because she believed in education for girls in a country where women were expected to stay home and cook and clean for their husband, wear burkas in public, and were discouraged from pursuing an education. I thought I knew Malala.

Malala's memoir about growing up in Pakistan, the daughter of a man who envisioned all girls going to school and who owned a school just for girls, has been one of the most eye-opening books I've read in years. I thought I understood the culture of the Middle East. I thought I understood the Taliban. I thought I understood Islam. Malala's story changed my entire perception of everything.

From a young age, she became a bold, vocal public spokesperson on behalf of the right of girls to attend school. While the world only came to know her after she was shot and later won the Nobel Peace Prize, her country had known her for many years. And yet she was a normal teenage girl who did well in school and had fun with her friends. The day the Taliban targeted her changed her life, and possibly the world, forever.

Loved this book. I recommend it to everyone from 10 years and up.


Sexuality: None
Violence: Moderate
Profanity: None

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