I Am Malala

I Am Malala

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

Large Print - 2013
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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, NY :, Little Brown and Company,, [2013]
Edition: Large print edition First edition
ISBN: 9780316286633
Characteristics: viii, 455 pages (large print), [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lamb, Christina - Author


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Nonfiction memoir and guaranteed to make you cry, this is the true story of Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for women’s rights and education whose work almost cost her her life at sixteen. I Am Malala is an important reminder that you’re never too young to change the world.

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 ... Read More »

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Jul 12, 2019

This book was the best book i've read. I loved how Malala faced the Taliban and recoverd from the shot.

Jul 04, 2019

I actually didn't finish reading this. I got tired of being preached at by a 17 year old who - as is typical of most 17 year olds - has all the answers.

Apr 13, 2019

Thrilling Story!

Joan Louise Day
Apr 05, 2019

Very elementary level understanding of Pakistan and Islamic countries in general. She lived a very privileged life (e.g. her fathers advocacy for her education) which is uncommon for these areas. A decent book for a grade school student or adults wanting a very base overview on this topic, but for an avid reader in this subject area I was bored as the book barely tapped the surface.

Apr 02, 2019

This book is Ok. I would recommend it for kids and teens as it will help teach them about privilege and taking things for granted. For adults, it's a "Good to know" kind of book. It's easy to read but quite flat and occasionally a bit boring. You will though walk away with more knowledge of Pakistan, their culture and the country struggles with the Taliban.

I liked I Am Malala because her story shows not just her life, but a problem that needs to be fixed that is affecting girls throughout Swat Valley.
-Lila, Age 11

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 about a girl named Malala that used to live in the valley of Swat. Swat is in Pakistan. Throughout the book, she expresses how she loves going school and enjoys growing up with her education rights. During the story, the Taliban overthrows and controls the valley of Swat. The Taliban is a terrioist group trying to enforce the Islamic rules in Afghanistan. These rules include banning CD’s, any women in public, music and the list goes on and on. Most importantly they ban education rights for women. Malala bursts out of her shell as an activist for women’s education. Later in the book she gets death threats and the becomes the most wanted person by the Talibian. Then she gets shot in the head by the Taliban and gets transferred to England where it is more safe and can be cared for. After he recovery, she goes around the whole world advocating for her rights and every women’s rights. This story is a national bestseller, it is very impactful, a page turner and an amazing bibliography of someone’s life! @rusty_reads of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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

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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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Feb 08, 2019

This book is amazing. I didn't get to finish it. This was my first time reading a non-fiction book and it wasn't bad for starters. Malala's experience for standing up for girl's education will reach out to other countries or certain places that don't allow females to get education and do something in life. This is not just her life story, it's an adive or some sort for young ladies like her, who would've been in her shoes or done something like this. Every girl or women deserve to have what men get to have in live, I'm talking about having jobs, education, and same treatment. We are all equal.

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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