I Am Malala

I Am Malala

The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Large Print - 2013 | Large print ed.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780316286633
Branch Call Number: 371.822095491 YOUSA
Characteristics: viii, 455 p. : ill., map.
Additional Contributors: Lamb, Christina


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principeam Nov 20, 2015

What a great book! Written with Malala's distinct 'voice' - if you have ever seen an interview with this young woman, you will 'hear' it in her voice - I am Malala is a fascinating documentation of what it is like to live under a Taliban regime as well as an inspiring story. Malala is a great rol... Read More »

andiejpg Jul 30, 2015

A story of strength and courage.

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Dec 18, 2018

It is an amazing book with a great, inspiring story for the youth like us. I would totally recommend this book to you guys.

In 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in head by the Taliban. This audiobook is a true account of this horrible crime, the events that led to it and the aftermath, including Malala’s recovery. Malala’s bravery, innocence, and positive outlook for the future are truly inspiring. I was amazed that such a young person could be so brave and stand to the Taliban. Also I found the book very engaging and inspiring. (submitted by IS)

Aug 03, 2018

this was a truly inspiring story.It was absolutely terrible that they treated woman that way and they still do I find that unfair that they have to go through that but I am so happy Malala did such a brave thing to stand up for what she believed in.That's why I think every one should read this book and hear her inspiring story.

Jul 30, 2018

I Am Malala is an inspiring eye-opening book about Malala Yousafzai, the girl who stood up to the Taliban. She was born in Swat Valley, Pakistan- a place controlled by the Taliban. Girls were not allowed to attend school and many people avoided going outside out of fear from the Taliban. She was shot in 2012 by the Taliban for expressing her opinions about women's rights and education. Although the shot was a way to silence her, Malala's voice only became stronger and soon after, she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. After reading this book, I became aware of the struggles in poorer developing countries. I became a lot more grateful for things such as education, freedom of speech and expression, and more. Today, Malala's voice is more powerful than ever and her campaigns and speeches have helped thousands of girls attend school. Although she is only a couple of years older than me, Malala Yousafzai is someone that I will always look up to and respect. I would rate this book 5/5 and I would highly recommend this book to anyone as it will definitely change your perspective on education and rights.
- @phlanets of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I am Malala is a fantastic story retelling true events. When the book starts, Malala is a carefree young girl in Pakistan, getting an education. Then in 2005, a massive earthquake hits. People were in a panic, and that’s when the Taliban took hold, implementing a regime that was very repressing to women. After she was shot, the whole world stepped in to help her on her journey for education for all. In a captivating yet horrifying tale, Malala explains how she came to be a voice for kids globally. It is an extremely well-written piece by Malala herself and Christina Lamb. I think that everyone should have to read I am Malala. It is an atrocity what happened to a 15-year-old girl, and how girls are valued so little that they couldn’t leave the house without a male escort or go to school, and learning what happened is important. I think this book is a must read for anyone teenage and above, as some of the content could be lost on someone of a lower reading level.
- @tacoboutbooks of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 22, 2018

"I Am Malala" is one of the most inspirational and riveting books out there that explores the depth of the struggles of certain south Asian countries due to the militant Taliban. Most people on this side of the world realize that organizations like ISIS, Al-Queda, and the Taliban exist, but give no thought about them for their trivial "first world problems" are more important than the suffering women and men in Pakistan and Afganistan under the iron fist of the Taliban. The American people, currently, seem to be passing through a "gilded age" when foreign policy is concerned for most are unaware of the atrocities that happen around the world because they care about the current administration's tax cuts and exaggerate its impact. Tax cuts are a very controversial topic and do concern us, but what I am afraid of is that people will not realize what goes on around the globe and how fortunate we are to be where we are in the world; this curtain of ignorance makes them oblivious to problems faced by underprivileged peoples on this green earth which we proclaim has secured all basic human rights like the freedom to a roof over one's head, to food and water, to religion, to speech, and to education.
The book has various reasons for being as heart-wrenching and persuasive as it is. First and foremost, "I Am Malala" is so powerful and influential because it is a narrative of a girl who was more politically active when she was eleven than we will ever be in all our lives. This can make the reader feel guilty for not taking any action. I sure did. It is also very dynamic because Malala describes her life before the Taliban took over her hometown of Mingora in the vast valley of Swat, which demonstrates to the world how normal, free, and un-terrorist like most Pakistanis are. This is most terribly important for there are, to my surprise, people out there that believe that all brown people are terrorists. Her account of her childhood reverses this stereotype which is essential for someone to proceed to feel empathy for the oppressed peoples which forces them to take action. Once she skillfully introduces the reader to the barbarity of the Taliban and the horrific net of conformity that had been cast over the people of Swat, she progresses to describe in excruciating detail her being shot, which is very powerful, for she is an innocent sixteen-year-old girl being shot for demanding something as basic as the freedom to interpret the Quran by herself, a necessary part of practicing religion for every Muslim, which requires education that is being denied to so many. In the end, she persuades the reader that education is as important as any other right. The narrative exudes an underlying theme that helps the reader realize that one voice can change everything, or at the very least set things in motion on the right path. I consider this to be a very important lesson to today's youth especially because most have developed a mentality of "my voice is insignificant and it is not going to change the way things are if I take action or not." Overall, a very moving story that has been very talentedly written. I recommend this book to every literate person in every corner of the globe.
Rating: 100/10

Mar 06, 2018

I read this book for the "A Book About A Current World Issue" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I really enjoyed it, it was extremely educational as I knew nothing about her culture or her country. I'm glad she persevered and is continuing to fight for the right to education.

Sep 07, 2017

“I am Malala” is one of the most touching and inspirational books I have ever read. This is an extremely educational book and I am so glad everyone recognizes that. It is very unfortunate for Malala to have been shot in the head while riding the bus home from school, but now we are all so grateful she is alive and making a change. My school required students to do projects on someone who has made a change and unsurprisingly, everyone wanted to do it on Malala Yousafzai. The first time I read this book it made me realize how we take education for granted and in some countries kids are begging to go to school, sadly, most of them being girls. All the work she has done to fight this discrimination has paid off. Even though this problem is not fully gone, it has made an impact and has raised awareness that age or anything doesn't matter when you want the right things to happen, you just need to speak up and never be afraid. I believe everyone should read this and I would recommend this book to anyone. I rate this book a 5/5. - @TheBookieReadingMonster of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This book is about how one girl stood up for her dreams. She was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for expressing her thoughts and feelings. This is a very inspirational book, and this should be read by everyone. It shows how to not be afraid of anyone sayings you have to learn to speak up. At a very young age, she was shot and the bullet was nearly right beside her brain and would have damaged it. Her family has been through hardship and sacrifice because of the destruction of other schools. Girls weren't able to attend school because of a random saying by the Taliban. And women should be covering their face. Back in Pakistan, it was very hard for Malala and her family, once shot she was brought to Birmingham for recovery and lived there from then on. Rating 5/5
- @Bookworm5755 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I Am Malala is not a book, but rather a reality check that tells you the bitterly sad truths of the parts of our world where unfortunately education is still a dream that has to be fought and advocated for. I have been reminded of the everyday luxuries I constantly take for granted. I am lucky to live in a country where the safety of citizens, women empowerment, education for all genders, freedom of expression, and freedom of speech are given top priority. The sentiments expressed by Malala Yousafzai gave me the realization that education and freedom are the two most precious things that can uplift any person on this planet. Star Rating: 5/5 stars
- @moonlite of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I Am Malala is one of the most interesting, in depth and heart-touching novels I have read, and considering this is a biography written by the international heroine herself, it is inspirational and life-changing as well. Malala Yousafzai’s story and change has shocked and sculpted the world as we know it and has also highlighted women and girl’s general and educational rights. So what’s her story? Malala was a young girl of fifteen in Swat, Pakistan. In a place where people feared venturing out in the streets, Malala took a stand for the education she so valued and respected; but her boldness took a sad and horrifying turn when she was shot in the bus that was taking her to school. As we now know, Malala survived that bullet and instead of allowing it to bring down her fierce and powerful voice, she took the pain and morphed it into blossoming words that planted seeds in every corner of the world. The flowers of these seeds are now in full bloom around the world, and through this book one can see the lasting effect and backstory of the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history.
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

May 05, 2017

Malala's story is an inspiration. The bullets intended to silence her were a loudspeaker for her cause. It's an eye-opening explanation about the difficulties in Pakistan, but also the triumph of the human spirit. Her message for universal education and always keeping love in your heart was truly touching. Through her story, she wove humility and empathy. It reminded me how privileged I am to be literate and live in Canada.

Mar 26, 2017

This Pakistani teen-ager’s passion for universal education, her natural skill as an orator, and the solid encouragement of her enlightened parents makes me think that this young woman is destined for great things – another Mother Teresa, Ghandi or Mandela in the making. Although the book is not perfectly written (she was only 16) and heavy on Pakistani history for the first half, it’s necessary to set up the context. She’s a remarkable and courageous young woman in light of women’s roles in her culture, and I’m inspired to keep my eye on her development.

ByLori Feb 09, 2017

I was excited to learn more about Malala in this story, but was hoping for a more smooth narrative in this book. Her story is strong and interesting, but the writing was a bit dry and read more like some of the more traditional presentation of facts and information, instead of the memoir style I enjoy more.

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BostonPL_JordanD Oct 29, 2016

“Peace in every home, every street, every village, every country – this is my dream. Education for every boy and every girl in the world. To sit down on a chair and read my books with all of my friends at school is my right. To see each and every human being with a smile of happiness is my wish. I am Malala. My world has changed but I have not.” – Malala Yousafzai

Jul 27, 2015

"Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human." page 162

Jul 12, 2015

"We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced."

"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful."

May 11, 2015

My mother always told me, "Hide your face--people are looking at you." I would reply, "It doesn't matter; I'm also looking at them..."

May 11, 2015

I had no idea what New York and America were... We did not realize then that 9/11 would change our world too, and bring war into our valley.

PimaLib_AmyM May 06, 2015

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced”

Jun 15, 2014

"I realized that even if you win three or four times, the next victory will not necessarily be yours without trying" p. 64


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Jul 01, 2016

Before the shooting, she emerged as a local activist for girls' education. After the shooting, her message and activism reached the global level. With determination and courage, Malala's dream for every girl in the world to go to school becomes contagious. Her story teaches us that being a spark for change doesn't require an old age.

Jun 29, 2016

The story of the young woman who stood up for girls education and nearly payed the ultimate price.

violet_dolphin_2015 Aug 09, 2014

this book is about a girl how stood up for she want to do and know and that was girls should go to school


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