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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 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 has become 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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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 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 has become 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.

30 review for I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    My journey of biographies has taken me inside the lives of political figures, television personalities, and even those involved in cults and religious sects. This next book shifts focus while retaining the perspective of a girl (and young woman) at the narrative helm. In this piece, young Malala Yousafzai chimes in and offers some of her own opinions growing up and becoming an international advocate for universal primary education for all children. Malala lays a foundation for the reader with a My journey of biographies has taken me inside the lives of political figures, television personalities, and even those involved in cults and religious sects. This next book shifts focus while retaining the perspective of a girl (and young woman) at the narrative helm. In this piece, young Malala Yousafzai chimes in and offers some of her own opinions growing up and becoming an international advocate for universal primary education for all children. Malala lays a foundation for the reader with a brief background on her native Pakistan and how it came to fruition some seventy years ago. Predominantly Muslim, Pakistan found itself trying to protect its population from religious and cultural incursions from its neighbouring states while developing a powerful military in the region. The reader is also offered a decent backstory about the Yousafzai family in the Swat Valley, where a dedicated father sought to develop a school for area children. His impetus was to hone these skills at an early age before releasing them with a thirst for knowledge and the wherewithal to become Pakistan's future. The narrative explores this dream and fosters the growth from a dilapidated building into a successful initiative with over one thousand pupils attending annually. With the rise of the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan and the eventual American invasion of that country, the region's stability weakened and Pakistan found itself pulled in two directions. Malala recounts that while the Pakistani Government tried to pave the way for America and its forces, there was a strong and historical allegiance to Taliban forces, something the reader will have to discover within the pages of this book. When the Taliban pushed into Pakistan, they brought their literal interpretations of Koranic verses and tried to invalidate those who blasphemed, from women who were not veiled through to education for any girl. Malala discusses her horror at seeing this and how her father was bullied as principal of his own school. After a period of flight for their own safety, the Yousafzai family returned, only to discover that the Swat Valley had become a battleground between Taliban forces and the Pakistani military. Encouraged by her father to advocate for girls like herself, Malala continued to speak in favour of education for all and would not stand down. Momentum grew and she soon found herself speaking to large groups with Taliban leaders hiding in the shadows, but surely no one would try to harm a child. What began as blanket rule enforcement within the Swat Valley soon turned to the 'Talibanisation' of those who spoke out most vociferously against this minute interpretation of Islamic principles. In October 2012, Malala faced the ultimate retribution for speaking out against the Taliban when she was shot. The medical fallout found her sent to the United Kingdom, where Malala uses the latter few chapters to discuss her injuries and the slow recovery she made. Even in the face of this violence, Malala and her spirit never faded as she kept advocating for universal education, no matter one's socio-economic, religious, geographic, or physical background. She seeks to promote the idea that one girl's voice can make a difference, as long as there are many who are willing to listen. An interesting biographical piece that pushes the reader into many interesting directions and is sure to stir up much controversy amongst other reviewers. I found myself reading this book because of another great recommendation by a dear friend, not to jump on the burgeoning bandwagon or to sensationalise the life of this young woman. I wanted a great book that would educate me on issues with which I have little knowledge and found myself intrigued more than anything at what I discovered. This book explores the plight of a young girl trying to demonstrate the political and ideological struggles faced by a population powerless to push back against violent enforcement of contradictory rules. The oppression of a people who seek the freedom to obtain basic education is non-sensical. Doing so in the name of a loving God only strengthens the need for this freedom. The rationale to suppress is lost on me, though I am open to having someone explain it to me. There have been some who have commented that Malala does not speak for Pakistan or segments of the population. The fame she may garner from her efforts or this book do not interest me, nor should they lessen the message that she wishes to promote. This is Malala's story told through her own memories. I am baffled by those who feel they can call her own view wrong or that her personal beliefs are a hoax better kept in a journal than placed out for public discussion. Furthermore, to posit that Malala is a complete laughingstock in her own Pakistan seems highly generalised, but that is through my filter of free speech and expression, values that are fundamental in Canada, as I write these words. To vilify Malala for her own personal views undoubtably commences a slippery slope towards the antics undertaken by the Taliban. Far be it from me to deny these individuals their own right to disagree, though without a foundation for their arguments, I cannot admit to being swayed in the least. I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to look at the book itself and how it was presented to the reader. The biography flows well and offers a a strong message on numerous occasions. The reader receives a healthy dose of history (both of Pakistan and Malala) to help formulate an educated opinion without the sense of overload. Chapters move fluidly and Malala seeks to keep things light where she can. Vignettes and lessons about her life offer the narrative additional colour and shape, which provides some entertainment to offset some of the darker moments during the fight for freedom in the face of religious oppression. It is, however, hard to miss that Malala thrives on self-aggrandisement throughout the book, where she brags of scholastic achievements or must tell the reader who she spoke before so many and liaised with Ambassador X and World Leader Y. The reader must realise that this is a child and so the starry-eyed nature of that ego boost is to be expected, even if she plays the peacock well as she struts throughout her story. Overall, it was an educational read and I can see why it received such hype. Let us see if it will spark ongoing momentum to ensure all children have access and utilise educational facilities the world over. They are our future, right Neo? Kudos, Madam Yousafzai for helping me see the importance of your message. May you always have the courage to face your detractors and never let them derail your goals. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Churchill

    Not to be confused with the other edition with a very similar name, this is Malala's story 'rewritten for an audience her own age'. Having not read the original I can't really comment on what might have been changed here, though the idea of making any changes for a younger readership has me torn. I mostly disagree with the notion of 'watering down' or in any way omitting information in order to appeal to a younger audience, and in my experience YA readers are: 1. not easily offended or shocked, Not to be confused with the other edition with a very similar name, this is Malala's story 'rewritten for an audience her own age'. Having not read the original I can't really comment on what might have been changed here, though the idea of making any changes for a younger readership has me torn. I mostly disagree with the notion of 'watering down' or in any way omitting information in order to appeal to a younger audience, and in my experience YA readers are: 1. not easily offended or shocked, and 2. likely to read a book for its content if it takes their fancy regardless of the target market, so this edition seems redundant to me. However, as I said I can't really say what differences there are, and if just a handful more young readers pick this up because it says it's for them then that has to be a good thing. The only real concern is the amount of adults that will pick this edition up by mistake, I've seen that happen a lot already. So if you're considering grabbing a copy make sure you get the version you mean to!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mariah Roze

    This was the Young Reads version, but it was still super compelling and informational! Wow! I never really knew the story behind Malala besides she was shot for standing up for women's education, so this was really informational! I read this for the Goodread's book club Diversity in All Forms! I recommend this book to everyone and I plan on still reading the adult version of this book. I bought a classroom set of this book, so I can read it with my students next semester :) This was the Young Reads version, but it was still super compelling and informational! Wow! I never really knew the story behind Malala besides she was shot for standing up for women's education, so this was really informational! I read this for the Goodread's book club Diversity in All Forms! I recommend this book to everyone and I plan on still reading the adult version of this book. I bought a classroom set of this book, so I can read it with my students next semester :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Simona Stoica

    Nu cred că există cuvinte potrivite pentru a o descrie pe Malala, poate doar eroină și supraviețuitoare: este uimitor cât de multe lucruri a realizat. M-a impresionat atât susținerea primită din partea părinților ei, cât și încrederea pe care aceștia au avut-o în ea, încrederea că fiica lor va reuși tot ce și-a propus. Obstacolele și restricțiile religioase mi s-au părut cutremurătoare.

  5. 4 out of 5

    emi

    "This was my calling. Some powerful force had come to dwell inside me, something bigger and stronger than me and it made me fearless." Malala redefines the definition of hero and courage. An inspiration to all. She stood up for what she believed in (girl's rights & education) despite all odds - if that doesn't act as encouragement to pursue your dreams and never back down for what you believe is right, then I really don't know what is. The Young Learner's edition was written simply and intellec "This was my calling. Some powerful force had come to dwell inside me, something bigger and stronger than me and it made me fearless." Malala redefines the definition of hero and courage. An inspiration to all. She stood up for what she believed in (girl's rights & education) despite all odds - if that doesn't act as encouragement to pursue your dreams and never back down for what you believe is right, then I really don't know what is. The Young Learner's edition was written simply and intellectually - both a dazzling story of courage and an insight into Pakistan and the lives of its citizens and the Taliban. I learned a lot from this book, not only about culture, and the world around me, but also about the importance of staying true to yourself and your beliefs in a world that is desperately trying to change you. I recommend this book - it's a truly great and insightful autobiography. I can only hope that you decide to pick it up!

  6. 4 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    Thank you to Orion for providing me with this book in return for an honest review! Firstly, I just want to mention that this memoir is the 'younger readers' version of her memoir titled, 'I Am Malala'. I think that older children in schools should definitely be reading this book and talking about it. It will open their eyes not only to the importance of education, but also to different cultures, religions, beliefs, countries and the impact that terrorism can have. Reading Malala's story was truly Thank you to Orion for providing me with this book in return for an honest review! Firstly, I just want to mention that this memoir is the 'younger readers' version of her memoir titled, 'I Am Malala'. I think that older children in schools should definitely be reading this book and talking about it. It will open their eyes not only to the importance of education, but also to different cultures, religions, beliefs, countries and the impact that terrorism can have. Reading Malala's story was truly an inspiring experience and even though I'm now fully aware of her story and everything that occurred, I still find myself wanting to read the Adult version of her memoir to see the differences and just because her story is so inspiring and encouraging that I would certainly read it again. I would definitely recommend this book to children and young adults over the age of 12, because even though it is the 'younger readers' version, it still contains mature themes and violence that could be disturbing to young children. I definitely highly recommend this book or even the adult version because it's definitely a book that anyone can get something out of. The fact that children in westernised countries hate going to school when Malala is fighting for the right to learn, it really puts things into perspective. To see a seventeen year old girl go through so much terror and trauma to go on to becoming such a success and an advocate for change is so inspirational.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    Such a powerful read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I admit that I only heard about Malala Yousafzai after she was shot, and I had thought that she was just attacked because she was a girl on her way to or from school. I had no idea until now that she was working, speaking, and writing on behalf of girls' education from the time when she was eleven years old! Her story is truly inspiring, and so is her strong will and clear voice. She is passionate about women's rights, and so brilliant, but it's also wonderful to see how "normal" her life is. Sh I admit that I only heard about Malala Yousafzai after she was shot, and I had thought that she was just attacked because she was a girl on her way to or from school. I had no idea until now that she was working, speaking, and writing on behalf of girls' education from the time when she was eleven years old! Her story is truly inspiring, and so is her strong will and clear voice. She is passionate about women's rights, and so brilliant, but it's also wonderful to see how "normal" her life is. She loves Ugly Betty and Shrek, and she fights with her brothers, especially the youngest, Atal. It was fascinating getting to know her, and her family, their devotion and love. Side note: I had thought about reading this book one of these days, but my daughter had been in the middle of reading it in class when the pandemic hit, so I got it from the library for her when our public library reopened. And then I thought, if not now, when? and also, Might as well talk about it with my daughter, since she really liked it! Such a good idea I had!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Slađana

    Predivna knjiga o teškom životu u Pakistanu koji je podijeljen na mnogo diktatora koji svi žele provesti neke svoje zakone, a te zakone im nalaže vjera, ista sveta knjiga Kuran, od svakog različito tumačena i zbog toga tamo živote gube mnogi nedužni ljudi, žene i djeca. Uništavaju se životi i kultura jedne zemlje, njena povijest se izvrće, a budućnost je neizvjesna kao i sadašnjost, jer dok god netko ne stane na kraj teroristima (talibanima) na kraj i dalje će ginuti nedužni... Priča o jednoj hra Predivna knjiga o teškom životu u Pakistanu koji je podijeljen na mnogo diktatora koji svi žele provesti neke svoje zakone, a te zakone im nalaže vjera, ista sveta knjiga Kuran, od svakog različito tumačena i zbog toga tamo živote gube mnogi nedužni ljudi, žene i djeca. Uništavaju se životi i kultura jedne zemlje, njena povijest se izvrće, a budućnost je neizvjesna kao i sadašnjost, jer dok god netko ne stane na kraj teroristima (talibanima) na kraj i dalje će ginuti nedužni... Priča o jednoj hrabroj djevojčici koja se borila za nešto sasvim normalno i prosto kod nas, kao što je pravo na školovanje za djevojčice i zbog toga zamalo izgubila život. Treba nam još takvih Malala kako bi se neke stvari promjenile, samo nažalost u svakoj borbi za promjene ginu mnogi nedužni... S poštovanjem skidam šešir s glave za ovako hrabre žene (djevojčice)!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Filipa

    Ganhei este livro num passatempo e embora tivesse alguma curiosidade para o que ia encontrar, a verdade é que não estava assim muito entusiasmada... ainda para mais esta é uma versão para jovens leitores. (Depois de lê-lo estive com a edição "normal" nas mãos e folheei-a para ver diferenças e parece-me que nesta minha edição, as partes mais sangrentas e violentas são omitidas ou ditas de uma maneira muito muito soft) A história de Malala é uma história que, como ela própria o diz, podia ser de qua Ganhei este livro num passatempo e embora tivesse alguma curiosidade para o que ia encontrar, a verdade é que não estava assim muito entusiasmada... ainda para mais esta é uma versão para jovens leitores. (Depois de lê-lo estive com a edição "normal" nas mãos e folheei-a para ver diferenças e parece-me que nesta minha edição, as partes mais sangrentas e violentas são omitidas ou ditas de uma maneira muito muito soft) A história de Malala é uma história que, como ela própria o diz, podia ser de qualquer outra rapariga em qualquer outra parte do mundo. Ela teve a sorte de ter o apoio dos pais e o incentivo. O carinho destes para seguir com as suas convicções. Muitas outras não o tiveram e não tiveram a "sorte" ou a possibilidade de avançar com o que quer que pensavam, se, sequer o faziam pois, as raparigas não eram bem vistas a ir para uma escola. A ter opiniões. A educação feminina não é bem vista. (Não era.... continuará a ser assim por muitos sítios ainda...) Malala conta-nos como foi a sua vida desde tenra idade no Paquistão. Toda a sua rotina e a dos pais, irmãos, restantes familiares e amigos. Como eram os dias de festa e como eram... os dias de festa... sem festa. No meio de tiroteios, ameaças e bombas. Bombistas suicidas. Mais ameaças. Crianças a trabalhar em lixeiras... chicotadas em público... Tudo mudou quando o pai recebe ele próprio uma ameaça pessoal e directa. O pai não se preocupava. Morreria por aquilo que acreditava e defendia. Igualdade de direitos. Educação para meninos e meninas. Uma posição que... passou para a filha. A mãe, apesar do medo, apoiava e nunca fechou as portas ao que quer que Malada pensasse e decidisse. Como Malada também referiu, ela e o pai eram os sonhadores, a mãe, a pessoa que metia os pés de todos bem assentes na terra. Adorei a forma como Malada descreve a relação entre ela e os irmãos. Antes e após Malala se ter tornado A MALALA. (Uma relação típica de irmãos, quem os tem, vai entender muito bem isto). Temos descrições das montanhas, do vale, do tempo, da natureza mas também de toda a destruição que tudo isto foi alvo. O constante medo de sair de casa quando chegam os talibãs. A forma como estes apareceream. Como instalaram esse mesmo medo. Como... mesmo assim não assustaram uma menina de 11 anos. Malala é realmente extraordinária. Lutou por algo em que acredita e que, realmente não devia ser uma coisa que ainda se discutisse nos dias de hoje... Ao ler, só pensava na quantidade de pessoas que continuam a não ter acesso a tanta coisa que eu tenho e sempre tive como garantido....... Faz-nos ficar tristes e felizes ao mesmo tempo. Faz-nos agradecer por tudo. Malala lia e lê muito. Na altura em que é baleada (não refiro esse acontecimento na opinião porque acho que essa é a parte mais emotiva e devem lê-la sem saber nada) e quando está no hospital em recupeação, Malala está a ler um livro oferecido por um político britânico e esse livro é: "O feiticeiro de Oz" e ela retira a moral da história. Diz ela que a vida é cheia de obstáculos mas que vamos sempre tentar ultrapassá-los da melhor maneira possível. Algo assim. Agora, eu retiro também algo da leitura deste seu livro. DEVEMOS SER TODOS MALALA. LUTARMOS POR AQUILO EM QUE ACREDITAMOS. QUER SEJA IGUALDADE DE DIREITOS, QUER SEJA NA LUTA CONTRA A VIOLÊNCIA DOMÉSTICA, QUER SEJA NA LUTA CONTA A VIOLÊNCIA SOBRE OS ANIMAIS, RACISMO, XENOFOBIA... o que seja... Se o pudermos fazer, mesmo que não seja "em grande escala", devemos tentar sempre melhorar no nosso dia-a-dia e ajudar sempre um pouco o outro todos os dias.... e por vezes fazemos isso simplesmente ao colocar um sorriso no rosto de outro....

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lui Vega

    I mean, this person is a living saint. You need to read this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    Malala Yousafzai is one incredible girl. I don't know a single person who isn't familiar with her. For those who don't recognize the name, she'd the one who was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for taking a stand for education. I can't even fathom going through the things that she did. Now, for the review of the book. Malala herself gets a 5/5. She has an amazing story that everyone needs to hear. But the book fell through for me. There was lots of history about Pakistan and Islam, which is all g Malala Yousafzai is one incredible girl. I don't know a single person who isn't familiar with her. For those who don't recognize the name, she'd the one who was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for taking a stand for education. I can't even fathom going through the things that she did. Now, for the review of the book. Malala herself gets a 5/5. She has an amazing story that everyone needs to hear. But the book fell through for me. There was lots of history about Pakistan and Islam, which is all good and fine for those who are interested in that sort of thing. But all I really wanted was Malala's story, which was why the book itself gets 3/5.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    You need to read this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    Rating: 5/5 Având în vedere atentatele petrecute în ultima perioadă cred că mi-am ales foarte bine momentul pentru a citi o carte care pune accentul pe pacea în lume și libertatea de a ne exprima așa cum ne simțim noi cel mai bine. Eu sunt Malala: tânăra care a luptat pentru educație și a schimbat lumea este o carte minunată care m-a capturat de la primele cuvinte! Mi-a plăcut cum autoarea Malala Yousafzai a avut puterea de a trece mai departe peste o serie de greutăți pe care viața i le-a pus în Rating: 5/5 Având în vedere atentatele petrecute în ultima perioadă cred că mi-am ales foarte bine momentul pentru a citi o carte care pune accentul pe pacea în lume și libertatea de a ne exprima așa cum ne simțim noi cel mai bine. Eu sunt Malala: tânăra care a luptat pentru educație și a schimbat lumea este o carte minunată care m-a capturat de la primele cuvinte! Mi-a plăcut cum autoarea Malala Yousafzai a avut puterea de a trece mai departe peste o serie de greutăți pe care viața i le-a pus în cale. Eu am citit ediția pentru tineri cititori care m-a încântat însă nu știu cum este ediția originală. Malala este o tânără, născută și crescută în Pakistan, în regiunea Swat. Ea ne relatează copilăria ei în care ne putem regăsi mulți: jocurile cu prietenii, certurile cu cea mai bună prietenă, descoperirea primelor seriale care te fascinează, mersul la școală. Acestea sunt câteva dintre aspectele pozitive prezente în carte, întrucât luăm aminte și la o serie de greutăți prin care mulți locuitori ai Pakistanului trec. Sărăcia își spune cuvântul iar alături de aceasta lipsa educației este și ea prezentă, de aceasta bucurându-se de multe ori numai băieții. După cum ține tradiția în acea zonă, nașterea unui băiat în familie este un motiv de bucurie spre deosebire de nașterea unei fete. Numele băieților născuți sunt cioplite în scoața copacului casei, fetele neprimind același tratament special. Cu toate acestea, tatăl Malalei este un alt fel de om, nașterea acesteai fiind un motiv de bucurie, numele ei apărând și pe copacul casei. Semnificația numelui Malalei este destul de importantă, aceasta fiind, alături de alte lucruri, una dintre motivațiile pentru lupta fetei: lupta pentru dreptul la educație. Am fost impresionată de această carte, de mesajul puternic pe care mi l-a trimis tânăra Malala, atât mie cât și lumii întregi. Dorința ei pentru educație și entuziasmul regăsit în sufletul ei atunci când vine vorba de școală mi s-au părut de admirat și am fost mișcată de multe ori, până la lacrimi. :-) Pe la jumătate și finalul cărții am descoperit și o serie de fotografii care m-au ajutat să vizualizez și mai bine povestea expusă de Malala, lucru care mi-a plăcut și mi s-a părut de folos. Cred că toți cei care am avut dreptul la educație să fim mândri și fericiți pentru acest lucru și să ne dorim ca și alți copii să poată avea același noroc pentru că se pare că oamenii care pot mișca o lume întreagă sunt de multe ori... cei mici. Vă recomand cu mare drag această carte, este potrivită atât pentru copii cât și pentru adulți și cred că aveți cu siguranță ce învăța din ea. Stilul autoarei și traducerea mi s-au părut foarte frumoase, mesajul cărții ajungând la suflet cu siguranță. Citate: "De câteva zile, aveam sentimentul ciudat că ceva rău avea să se întâmple. Într-o seară mă pomenisem gândindu-mă la moarte. «Cum o fi să fii mort cu adevărat?» mă întrebam. Eram singură în cameră șî m-am întors cu fața spre Mecca, să-l întreb pe Dumnezeu. «Ce se întâmplă când mori?» l-am întrebat. «Oare ce simți?» Dacă muream, aș fi vrut să le pot spune oamenilor cum e. «Malala, prostuțo», mi-am spus, «ai fi moartă și n-ai putea să spui nimănui nimic»." (p.10-11) "Părea nedrept și inconfortabil să trăiești în spatele unor bucăți de material. Încă de când eram foarte mică, le-am spus părinților că n-aveam să-mi acopăr fața indiferent de ce făceau celelalte fete. Chipul meu era identitatea mea. Mama, care chiar e devotată și ține la tradiție, a fost șocată. Rudele noastre considerau că sunt foarte îndrăzneață. (Unii spuneau că-s obraznică.) Dar tata zicea că pot să fac ce vreau. - Malala o să trăiască liberă ca pasărea cerului, le spunea el tuturor." (p.21) "Până atunci, crezusem că un creion fermecat poate schimba lumea. Acum știam însă că eu eram cea care trebuia să facă ceva. Nu știam ce. Dar i-am cerut lui Dumnezeu să-mi dea puterea și curajul să fac lumea mai bună. Mi-am semnat scrisoarea, am făcut-o sul și-am legat-o de o bucată de lemn, i-am pus o păpădie deasupra și i-am dat drumul pe un pârâu care se varsă în râul Swat. Dumnezeu avea s-o găsească acolo, cu siguranță." (p.29) "Terorismul e frica ce cuprinde totul în jur. E atunci când te duci să te culci fără să știi ce alte orori te mai așteaptă a doua zi. E atunci când te muți cu toată familia în cea mai centrală cameră a casei, pentru că ați decis că aceea e cea mai sigură. E atunci când mergi pe stradă, fără să știi în cine să ai încredere. Terorismul e frica de a-ți vedea tatăl ieșind dimineața pe ușă, neștiind dacă se va mai întoarce seara." (p.63)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kid in your basement

    This book was amazing. i read this on a unit for oppression in class. this book is super inspiring, and wonderful. I have a lot to say and to much laziness to say it. spoilers below Malala lived in a peaceful valley of swat until it was taken by the Taliban, Malala stood up and spoke out and continued to speak out even after they threatened to kill her. and she was shot. she survived and even though she was hurt she continued to speak out and continues to do today. such an inspiring book and youn This book was amazing. i read this on a unit for oppression in class. this book is super inspiring, and wonderful. I have a lot to say and to much laziness to say it. spoilers below Malala lived in a peaceful valley of swat until it was taken by the Taliban, Malala stood up and spoke out and continued to speak out even after they threatened to kill her. and she was shot. she survived and even though she was hurt she continued to speak out and continues to do today. such an inspiring book and young girl. her father was very supportive which is not common for Pakistani and Muslim fathers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Princolitas

    Me encantan las historias basadas en hechos reales y qué mejor cuando la propia persona cuenta su historia, pero al empezar el libro todo parecía una completa distopía, me recordaba cosas que leía en los juegos del hambre y otras sagas, con la diferencia que ¡esto fue real! Muchas veces pienso que el mundo no está tan alejado de aquellas distopías que leemos, y este libro lo ha confirmado, he quedado sorprendida por todo lo sucedido y la increíble determinación de Malala, que con una edad tan pe Me encantan las historias basadas en hechos reales y qué mejor cuando la propia persona cuenta su historia, pero al empezar el libro todo parecía una completa distopía, me recordaba cosas que leía en los juegos del hambre y otras sagas, con la diferencia que ¡esto fue real! Muchas veces pienso que el mundo no está tan alejado de aquellas distopías que leemos, y este libro lo ha confirmado, he quedado sorprendida por todo lo sucedido y la increíble determinación de Malala, que con una edad tan pequeña tenía una determinación y ganas de estudiar maravillosas. Gracias Malala por existir y por dejarnos conocer sobre las injusticias que hay en el mundo y lo afortunados que somos de poder ir a la escuela, gracias por abrirnos los ojos y sobre todo por dejarme con ganas de querer hacer un cambio en el mundo, porque definitivamente cualquier persona después de leer este libro no puede quedarse de brazos cruzados, es tan inspirador que sabemos es obligación de todos hacer algo para cambiar este mundo, y voy a empezar con mi granito de arena. El libro me ha hecho darme cuenta de cuan ignorante soy sobre lo que ocurre en el mundo y que muchas veces me quejo por cosas tan irrelevantes, en lugar de enfocarme en lo que puedo cambiar.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bibliovoracious

    Of course! It was amazing. It was a revelation to me that she was an activist from a family of change-makers, and she was targeted BECAUSE of her activism. I had somehow absorbed that it was a random attack, but no, they were trying to silence her! EPIC fail. The book is actually buoyant and fun. It's the story of a teenager, with teenager problems and ambitions that yes, somewhat exceed the usual, but a relatable life, until the event that changed everything. Her father comes out the real hero of Of course! It was amazing. It was a revelation to me that she was an activist from a family of change-makers, and she was targeted BECAUSE of her activism. I had somehow absorbed that it was a random attack, but no, they were trying to silence her! EPIC fail. The book is actually buoyant and fun. It's the story of a teenager, with teenager problems and ambitions that yes, somewhat exceed the usual, but a relatable life, until the event that changed everything. Her father comes out the real hero of her story, treating her differently than other girls might have been treated, that is, treating her like her brothers, and taking great risks. I'm glad for them they all survived.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heba Alnahdi

    تم بحمد الله اول كتاب باللغه الانجليزيه اقرأه 💙

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mohamed al-Jamri

    Who didn't hear about Malala? This is the book she tells her story, well at least the early part of her story for she's just 22 now and is studying politics in Oxford. The story begins before she's born, explaining the history of her family and country. Then we get to learn about the story of her father and his efforts to establish a school. Malala becomes a part of this project and from a young age the talented student advocates for education of women. The rise of the radical Islamic movement T Who didn't hear about Malala? This is the book she tells her story, well at least the early part of her story for she's just 22 now and is studying politics in Oxford. The story begins before she's born, explaining the history of her family and country. Then we get to learn about the story of her father and his efforts to establish a school. Malala becomes a part of this project and from a young age the talented student advocates for education of women. The rise of the radical Islamic movement Taliban through the region and its relation with Pakistani intelligence agencies is told briefly with special focus on her region. The story culminates with the Taliban attack on her, and her treatment story. This young heroine is likely to play a major role in Pakistani politics in the future, and globally she's the most well known advocate for women education, something we take for granted in many parts of the world. Some parts of the book are naive and simplistic, but hey she was only 16 when writing it. The story didn't move me much, for I followed it as it unfolded, nevertheless it is that of bravery and courage. I have views I'm not ready to defend publicly, you may have some too, and we can learn something from Malala.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    In a country where women aren’t allowed out in public without a man, we girls traveled far and wide inside the pages of our books. In a land where many women can’t read the prices in the markets, we did multiplication. In a place where, as soon as we were teenagers, we’d have to cover our heads and hide ourselves from the boys who’d been our childhood playmates, we ran as free as the wind. (p. 34) When I read Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl in 8th grade, I was deeply moved. I continue to r In a country where women aren’t allowed out in public without a man, we girls traveled far and wide inside the pages of our books. In a land where many women can’t read the prices in the markets, we did multiplication. In a place where, as soon as we were teenagers, we’d have to cover our heads and hide ourselves from the boys who’d been our childhood playmates, we ran as free as the wind. (p. 34) When I read Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl in 8th grade, I was deeply moved. I continue to read more than typical amounts of resistance stories from WWII and other wars, as well as dystopian novels, both of which I see as sharing many of the same themes. I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World is cut from the same fabric: deeply moving and empowering, Malala is someone who would be a good role model for a young girl or boy – and someone much older. So, yes, the Taliban have shot me. But they can only shoot a body. They cannot shoot my dreams, they cannot kill my beliefs, and they cannot stop my campaign to see every girl and every boy in school. (p. 188) This book can also be read as a model of resilience, to remind the reader that one can be resilient under any circumstances.If you tell yourself, “Malala, you can never go home because you are the target of the Taliban,” you just keep suffering. I look at it this way. I can see! I can hear! I can talk! I can go to school and I can fight with my brothers! I am having a second chance at life. And I am living the life God wants for me. (p. 186)I have considered reading I am Malala since shortly after it came out – but didn't and for no good reason. I read it now because a friend is using it in class in the fall and I try to read many things from her reading lists. She is using the Young Readers edition, describing its language as "poetic," as can be seen in the quotes here – its use of repetition and attention to rhythm and cadence. I had expected this book to be pedantic and heavy-handed, but it wasn't. If I were reading this as a teen, I would be able to see myself in this book. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. (p. 192). As my friends and I talked about I am Malala – and immigration and politics – I told one, a Moslem immigrant from Egypt, that I was worried about him in our political environment. Two friends talked about this idea (Egypt and the book): “You cannot be out this late in Birmingham,” he said. “This city, at night it can be dangerous.” My father and I looked at each other, then we explained to my mother what the boy had said. The poor boy was confused by our reaction. My father hugged him and thanked him. But we couldn’t quite explain. How could this quiet, orderly place be unsafe compared with what we had come from?I am Malala is, apparently, an exercise in relativity. Malala will turn 21 tomorrow; I had assumed she was much older. Her wisdom and courage are an inspiration.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joood Hooligan

    http://www.platypire.com/j-hooligan/i... I checked the audiobook out from the library, forgetting that I had bought the ebook when it was on sale... because I'm that sort of person. As amused and annoyed as I was with myself when I realized this, I actually ended up getting a better experience with the book this way. Malala speaks at the beginning and end of the book, and there's her UN speech as well. So, the audio version is definitely worth listening to. It's pretty emotional, hearing about how http://www.platypire.com/j-hooligan/i... I checked the audiobook out from the library, forgetting that I had bought the ebook when it was on sale... because I'm that sort of person. As amused and annoyed as I was with myself when I realized this, I actually ended up getting a better experience with the book this way. Malala speaks at the beginning and end of the book, and there's her UN speech as well. So, the audio version is definitely worth listening to. It's pretty emotional, hearing about how so many children in Pakistan are unable to be educated because their poor and/or female. I think it was very important of her to point out that the biggest issue with the ignorance there is because of this lack of education. These people are studying their holy text, but aren't understanding the words. That's something to be said of all religions. It's scary what happens when the uneducated come into power and twist a holy book to their desires. And knowing she stood up for her education despite the threats, she is amazing. Truly. I introduced my 5 year old son to the story of Malala last year, we own a couple picture books about her. I wanted him to know how important it is for all people to be given the opportunity to be educated. Also, I want to raise him to understand that there is no type of person better than another - people of all races, religions, genders, etc. all deserve the same opportunities. To me, the worst part of this was knowing there was a period of time when her father regretted letting her choose an education over her safety. I cannot even imagine the grief her parents went through. I've been reading a lot of non fiction lately, and I've noticed there is a lot of rambling in them. This book didn't have that. It is a fascinating story and I am so glad she lived through being shot. I wish I could afford to go to her talk in Houston, I expect it is going to be great.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This girl is a real inspiration. Sometimes I forget she was only 11 or 12 or 13 years old as she describes speeches she gave to various organisations long before she was shot. Her parents are also strong people who encouraged her all along and stood up for what they believed was right all the time. She explains how things changed politically in Pakistan over the years clearly and in a very balanced way. She loves her homeland and would love to go back but sadly as we know the Taliban have strong This girl is a real inspiration. Sometimes I forget she was only 11 or 12 or 13 years old as she describes speeches she gave to various organisations long before she was shot. Her parents are also strong people who encouraged her all along and stood up for what they believed was right all the time. She explains how things changed politically in Pakistan over the years clearly and in a very balanced way. She loves her homeland and would love to go back but sadly as we know the Taliban have strongholds in Pakistan and she is a major target for them. This is not an easy read at times as her family really did go through a lot but she never plays the "poor me" card. Her accounts are factual and detailed but boy thy were brave. It makes you realise how much normal people suffered and are still suffering because of these militant Muslim groups. They not only had the Taliban but also suffered the major earth quake and then flooding as well in the area of Swat where Malala and her family lived. I liked the inclusion of family photos too as it made her story much more intimate and gave faces to names she talked about.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    I did not realize there are two different I Am Malala books and was disappointed that I had not read the adult version by Christina Lamb. However, Kasey, a phD student of literature, analyzed the two books and found this young readers edition to be the better of the two. She says, "Although I think that the Christina Lamb version does give more context to the story, which is important and useful, I think the biggest difference between the two books is that the latter sounds more like the Malala I did not realize there are two different I Am Malala books and was disappointed that I had not read the adult version by Christina Lamb. However, Kasey, a phD student of literature, analyzed the two books and found this young readers edition to be the better of the two. She says, "Although I think that the Christina Lamb version does give more context to the story, which is important and useful, I think the biggest difference between the two books is that the latter sounds more like the Malala we hear in her speeches. The young readers edition focuses more on Malala’s story itself and uses more direct language as well. Not only was it more enjoyable to read, it seemed more like she had actually written it herself." Then Kasey goes on to illustrate the differences. It is the sobering story of life in Pakistan under the heavy burden of the Taliban; of an ordinary, yet heroic girl with parents who valued equality of education for all and encouraged their daughter to think for herself.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    Malala was unlucky enough to be born in a country where girls were told they could not attend school. Malala was courageous enough to take a stand against this. Malala was unfortunate enough to be the victim of those who do not want girls to get an education. Malala was fortunate enough to live through the bombing. We are lucky to have Malala in the world, championing the rights of girls.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Santhi

    Inspiring... This Young Readers Editiion a must read for all school-going children!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Viir

    Malala is a strong woman who, at a very young age, started to campaign for women’s rights and education. I believe her parents played a big part in raising Malala to be humble but standing her ground and questioning her surroundings. This book not only describes her life till now but also how Pakistan changed with the Taliban, a very interesting read that I highly recommend.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen Pacheco

    Es un orgullo saber que hay gente como malala en el mundo. Es una lectura obligatoria para conocer un poco más que pasa en los países marginados de los que no se habla en las noticias, ni en los diarios, ni en las radios. Abramos más nuestro campo de visión.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rissa

    I am Malala Everything she loved was taken from her yet she rose up and changed the world as she knew it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Malala is an amazing, inspiring young woman, and I have great respect for her and her story. However, I was really not a fan of the way this was written. It came off very simple and young sounding (which I understand since Malala is very young and not a professional writer), and from the few biographies I have read this was not a favorite. I read this for school, and we also watched the Malala movie documentary. I feel her story was much better suited to movie format than book. I am glad I had the Malala is an amazing, inspiring young woman, and I have great respect for her and her story. However, I was really not a fan of the way this was written. It came off very simple and young sounding (which I understand since Malala is very young and not a professional writer), and from the few biographies I have read this was not a favorite. I read this for school, and we also watched the Malala movie documentary. I feel her story was much better suited to movie format than book. I am glad I had the opportunity to read this but I would recommended watching the very well made documentary rather than reading the book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Calin Biris

    O carte bună de citit la orice vârstă, despre povestea incredibila a Malalei, o fata pakistaneză care are curajul de a vorbi în numele tuturor fetelor private de dreptul de a merge la școală și de a avea parte de educație. Ce mi-a plăcut la carte este că reusește să prezinte viața (cu părțile bune și rele) celor care trăiesc în zonele de conflict și să transmită un mesaj optimist în același timp.

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