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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban [Hardcover]

Malala Yousafzai , Christina Lamb
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Oct. 8 2013
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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"The touching story will not only inform you of changing conditions in Pakistan, but inspire your rebellious spirit."—Matthew Love, Time Out New York

"Ms. Yousafzai has single-handedly turned the issue of the right of girls--and all children--to be educated into headline news. And she is a figure worth hearing."—Isabel Berwick, Financial Times

"Wise beyond her years...."—Annie Gowen, Marie Claire

"Riveting.... Co-written with Christina Lamb, a veteran British journalist who has an evident passion for Pakistan and can render its complicated history with pristine clarity, this is a book that should be read not only for its vivid drama but for its urgent message about the untapped power of girls.... It is difficult to imagine a chronicle of a war more moving, apart from perhaps the diary of Anne Frank. With the essential difference that we lost that girl, and by some miracle, we still have this one."—Marie Arana, Washington Post

"Remarkable...a must-read, first-person account of her journey through global terrorism, her brave, encouraging parents, and her own fight for girls' education."—MarieClaire.com

"The victory of Malala Yousafzai is that she's just getting started."—Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

"Briskly written but full of arresting detail.... Striking [and] surprising..."—Jill Lawless, Associated Press

"Ms. Yousafzai's stature as a symbol of peace and bravery has been established across the world..."—Salman Masood, The New York Times

"Not only has Malala Yousafzai become an international symbol of inspiration and bravery, but her survival instilled educators with courage-and is slowly helping make Pakistani schools safer."—Nick Schifrin, ABC.com

"For a teenage girl in a distant corner of the globe to spark life into this movement-against overwhelming odds-is truly extraordinary. The world must not allow Malala's message to die."—Dallas Morning News

"Her powerful message remains undiluted."—Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly

"In simple, clear writing, I AM MALALA gives a rare and moving first-person glance into what it's like to be a teenager in a country seized by extremists who stand against the basic freedoms you believe in."Krystin Arneson, Bustle

"Malala matters....In her modesty and dignity, she should be Islam's beloved daughter, her journey a return to the early promise of Muslim modernism."—Fouad Ajami, New York Post

"Incredibly inspirational.... Malala is intelligent and fiery with dreams of changing the world, but the book has the added benefit of being a true story that is easily interwoven with important global issues such as human rights, development, education, and peace.... If there is one thing that I AM MALALA should teach us, it is to look beyond Manichean narratives of good and evil. It is important to applaud Malala for the awareness she has built around important issues like education for young women."—Cristina Maza, PolicyMic

"Riveting.... [Malala's] clear voice [is] beautifully captured by Lamb."—Rafia Zakaria, Ms. Magazine

"A gripping story.... What makes this book so important is not just the universal value of Malala's cause.... It's the relevance of her story to one of the most vexing security questions in today's crazy world...."—Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer

"An inspiring, clearly written memoir that offers a glimpse of an extraordinary young woman and the confounding world from which she comes."—Karen Sandstrom, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"One hears some ghosts of Anne Frank in reading I AM MALALA, the flightiness, effervescence and, well...girlishness of an adolescent girl flung once again the indifferent violence of inhuman men, like flowers hurled against a stone wall."—Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald

"An eye-opener in the fight for girls' education equality."More

"The voice that beams, 'I am Malala' is the voice that continues to meet the assassin's challenge. It is the voice of a courageous campaigner who still fights for girls' education. The voice of an icon who may one day be able to return to her country, but who even from afar symbolizes its noblest cause."Shehryar Fazli, Los Angeles Review of Books

"A story for each and every girl who chooses to break societal taboos, challenge the clergy, declare war against illiteracy and believe in the power of the pen."—Daud Khattak, Newark Star Ledger

"[A] vivid autobiography.... Yousafzai possesses an eloquence beyond her years, but her touching asides drive home the fact that she's also very much a 16-year-old girl.... Captivating and surprisingly personal."—Erika W. Smith, Bust

"Like millions around the world, I draw strength from brave Malala's example.... Malala is a testament that women everywhere will not be intimidated into silence. We will make our voices heard."—Gabrielle Giffords, Time magazine's "TIME 100"

"Compelling. It's a brave girl's tale in an unsafe country, and it reveals her fierce determination to make the world a better place."—Michael Taube, Washington Times

About the Author

Malala Yousafzai came to public attention at the age of eleven by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. Using the pen name Gul Makai, she often spoke about her family's fight for girls' education in her community.

In October 2012, Malala was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived and continues her campaign for education.

In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala was the winner of Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize in 2011 and was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize in the same year. She is the youngest person ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She was one of four runners-up for Time magazine's Person of the Year and has received numerous other awards.

Malala continues to champion universal access to education through the Malala Fund, a nonprofit organization investing in community-led programs and supporting education advocates around the world.





Christina Lamb is one of the world's leading foreign correspondents. She has reported on Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1987. Educated at Oxford and Harvard, she is the author of five books and has won a number of awards, including Britain's Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times, as well as the Prix Bayeux-Calvados, Europe's most prestigious award for war correspondents. She currently works for the Sunday Times and lives in London and Portugal with her husband and son.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Read Aug. 15 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Inspirational read by a courageous and inspirational young woman. This book reminded me of how fortunate I am to be living in North America, and reminded me not to take all the benefits of our freedoms for granted.

This is a story that will resonate with everyone, and drives home the point that no matter where we live, we need to support women's desire and right to an education.

Malala Yousafzai is a hero in the true sense of the word. The book describes the terror that Malala's family has to live with, as did many families who were threatened by Taliban extremists. Malala's mother was also a brave women and passed on this trait to her daughter, as the book takes you through their journey, surviving conflicts that fortunately most of us will never have to face.

This book also helped me understand Malala's culture, and also pointed out how much we all have in common, rather than how different we are as women.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointed Nov. 14 2013
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I bought this book because I am so amazed at this wonderful young lady and what she represents. However, this book in my opinion, is poorly written and is a history of Pakistan and the Taliban, and is most likely told by her father not Malala. About 1/2 way through I put the book down and was not going to finish, but made myself pick it up again, though I had lost interest at that time. Though it is an amazing history, I really wanted to hear more about Malala and her dreams, her truths and what she would like for her life. There was really nothing personal here. I support the education of women worldwide, but this book does not inspire me. Sorry.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Malala's Voice Nov. 5 2013
By Suki
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this book, to support Malala - to say "What an incredible human being you are!" I also hoped that I would learn about her and her life and would hear her talking. She however, did not write this book. It was written by a journalist who gave us the sad and traumatic history lesson of Pakistan with a bit about Malala and her family's life. Malala wrote a blog, had a diary - surely the fact chapters could have been intertwined with chapters written by Malala to truly give us her voice. Her fear was expressed in such a matter of fact way, I often did not feel it. I am pleased to have purchased the book and am very disappointed not to have heard Malala. I still applaud her courage and am sure she will go far. Kudos to her father, a chapter or two or three in his voice would have been amazing too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read Aug. 24 2014
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I found this book deeply moving and well written. The prologue draws you in, so even as you push through the first part of the book (about growing up), you know it will get better. I found the book better and better the deeper into it that I got, and by the last part of the book I literally could not put it down and simply just had to finish it. Malala has such an inspirational life story to share, and reading it has inspired me to do more for women's education. I absolutely would recommend this book to any one I know!
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Format:Hardcover
I think Malala Yousafzal is an amazing young woman who will continue to inspire women all over the world, but I did not like this book. The first time I tried reading it I got about 50 pages in and gave up. A couple months later I tried again because I really wanted to like this book and get through it, but it didn't happen. I thought it would have the heart of a memoir but it was lacking something. It just wasn't what I was expecting and I ended up being really disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 12 2014
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Loved this book definitely worth the spend.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars July 6 2014
By Bill
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Couldn't get into it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 4 2014
By CherlaS
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Excellent biography. I recommend it to all high school students.
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