I Am Malala

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

Yousafzai, Malala

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
I Am Malala
Baker & Taylor
Describes the life of a young Pakistani student who advocated for women's rights and education in the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley who survived an assassination attempt and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. (This book was listed in a previous Forecast.)

Hachette Book Group USA
Malala will tell the inspirational story of a remarkable teenage girl who risked her life to stand up to the Taliban for her right to go to school. It will also be the story of her unusual family who refused to be cowed or silenced as Islamic militants turned their homeland into hell: an enlightened father from a poor background who overcame a terrible stammer to win a speaking contest, and follow his dream of opening a school, and a beautiful and illiterate mother from an important political family. In vivid detail, Malala will tell of their bravery and determination in the face of extremism, capturing the daily challenges of trying to lead a normal life in a world transformed by terror. It will be a book about the importance of speaking up against intolerance and hate, and about the dangers of complacency.
When the Taliban took over the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one fifteen year-old girl decided to speak out

& Taylor

Describes the life of the young Pakistani student who advocated for women's rights and education in the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley, survived an assassination attempt, and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316322409
Branch Call Number: B Yousafza Y
Characteristics: viii, 327 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Lamb, Christina Author


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Feb 17, 2015
  • modis01 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It's so wonderful to hear about Malala's passion for education and the courage that she and her family had to stand up for what they believe in

Jan 03, 2015
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is not a story full of action - but a picture of a specific time, place and culture through the eyes of one girl. Malala's love of her country and faith, as well as her passion for the education of girls, comes through strongly. This book drove home how reprehensible the Taliban really is - imagine not only shooting a fifteen-year-old girl in the head because she wants to go to school, but honestly believing it's the right thing to do!

Dec 30, 2014
  • quagga rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An inspirational memoir that opens a window into the lives of real girls and women in Pakistan. Yousafzai is the youngest recipient of the Nobel award for Peace.

Dec 30, 2014
  • dixiedog rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Malala Yousafzai’s – ‘I am Malala’ was a terrific book. I read this book while I listened to the book on CD to heighten the experience and to at least to hear Malala’s own voice in the Prologue. It was well worth the extra time it took to read this book. It does have an untold number of names unfamiliar to a Westerner; the CD lessoned the frustration of constantly needing to interpret a new name of a person or place. Malala describes her life through a number of years in the Swat Valley in Pakistan, before, leading to, and after the Taliban took control; it certainly seemed like a paradise. While her story may be dry at times I do encourage every reader to finish her book. History seems to have somewhat repeated itself as the quality of life deteriorated in the Swat Valley similar to that of Germany when Hitler came to power. Freedom and basic human rights were eroded one after another. One poem with a significant message for us all, which Malala included in her book, reference page 140, written by Martin Niemöller who lived in Nazi Germany speaks volumes – “First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak out because I was not a Catholic. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” What a powerful message.

I highly recommend this book, in particular to every young woman, young man, and to every adult who wants to be enlightened and informed; it is quite an eye opener. Malala is a very special young woman and I am sure and I hope that we have not heard the last of her. She should become a role model for many young women. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Nov 08, 2014

An inspirational story of a courageous young woman who is an advocate of education for all children.

Nov 01, 2014
  • pfcpat2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful book by a truly wonderful young lady! I enjoyed learning about the history of her home in the Swat valley of Pakistan. She is a very brave and talented young woman. I hope that one day there will be peace and equality in her homeland.

Oct 28, 2014
  • JessicaIda rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am not someone who reads many biographies -mostly from the area she's from (not judging, I just don't read news about that area of the world in general), but a friend of mine read it and I asked if it was worth reading. She said yes and told me a brief explanation of what it was about. After reading it, I would definitely buy it and add it to my book collection. Very inspirational. Quite instructive.

As Margaret Mead said: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

Oct 10, 2014

inspiring. i look forward to rereading in light of her nobel peace prize award this week.

Oct 09, 2014
  • BBurnett rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

life story of Malala, only 17 yrs old, but already an international star for her stand on education for girls. Born and raised in rural Pakistan to an enlightened father, she is given the chance to education, that most girls do not. When the Taliban controls the province she is in, she continues to stand up for her rights, making her a target. Interesting story.

Sep 22, 2014

I am Malala was a truly inspirational book. It revolves around a young Malala as she grows up in Swat Valley, Pakistan. She valued her education and always strived to do her best in school. Reading this, reading how excited she was to go to school and learn made me realize how much we take for granted every single day. We have the ability to go to school, regardless of our gender and obtain an education. Even with the Taliban in Pakistan telling girls they are not allowed to go to school, simply because of their sex, Malala took a stand and decided that there wasn't anyone who would stop her from educating herself. She saw the value of education and that's something I think people her age here lack. What we as teenagers need to come to terms with is the fact that education is self-empowerment, it gives us the ability to go out into the world and form opinions on issues and question authority. When Malala was on her bus going to school the Taliban shot her on the left side of her forehead. “I didn’t see the two young men step out into the road and bring the van to a sudden halt. I didn’t get a chance to answer their question “Who is Malala?” or I would have explained to them why they should let us girls go to school as well as their own sisters and daughters. The last thing I remember is that I was thinking about the revision I needed to do for the next day.” The Taliban did not silence her, she continued to speak out and now with an even louder voice that can be heard amongst the storms and in the rain and most importantly. in our hearts. Malala has recovered and after coming out of the hospital was stronger than ever, and if anything more determined to reach her goal for education for women everywhere. So as women let’s show the world out true potential, by educating ourselves to the best of our ability so we can go out and change the world.

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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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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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