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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (Oct. 8 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316322407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316322409
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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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."―

"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,

"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

"[A] memoir every American woman should read."―Leigh Newman,

"How did Yousafzai have the courage, at 15, to stand up to the Taliban in her native Pakistan? Her memoir, written less than a year after she nearly died for her efforts, will open your eyes."―People

About the Author

Malala Yousafzai, the educational campaigner from Swat Valley, Pakistan, came to public attention 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 awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, becoming the youngest-ever recipient at just seventeen years of age. She was also honored with the National Youth Peace Prize in Pakistan in 2011 and the International Children's Peace Prize in 2013, and she was short-listed for Time magazine's Person of the Year.

Malala continues to champion universal access to education through the Malala Fund, a non-
profit 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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sheila H on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna Milward on Jan. 5 2014
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I couldn't wait to read this book, as I am a long time admirer of Malala. I wanted to learn what gave this amazing young woman the courage to stand up for her education in a country where women and girls have such a limited role in society.

In the beginning, the writer paints a picture of a simple life with family and friends. I got to know her father, a loving, intelligent man with fierce beliefs that he obviously passed along to his daughter. I came to admire him as well. Although I dislike history, I appreciated getting to know some of it from the view point of the people. I felt it was somewhat necessary.

I felt frustration for the crooked politicians and how no one seemed to help the people. I experienced pure anger at the narrow-minded stupidity of the Taliban. I knew the sadness and homesickness Malala and her family felt toward the end.

It took me awhile to figure out what bugged me about it, but what's missing is the passion. Her father clearly has it, but somehow hers falls flat.It just doesn't feel very exciting.

It's not a terrible book--I got the story I wanted to read. But it isn't a page turner by any means. It's a 3.5 stars in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By STEPHEN PLETKO TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 23 2014
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"My goal in writing this book was to raise my voice on behalf of the millions of girls around the world who are being denied the right to go to school and realize their potential. I hope my story will inspire girls to raise their voices and embrace the power within themselves."

The above comes from this tell-all book by Malala Yousafzai (with Christina Lamb). Malala came to public attention at the age of eleven by writing for the BBC about life under the Taliban. She often spoke about her family's fight for girl's education in her community.

In Oct 2012 (at age 15), she was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She survived and continues her campaign for education.

In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala has received numerous awards. She is the youngest person ever nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

(Cristina Lamb is one of the world's leading foreign correspondents who has reported on Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1987. She has authored five books and has won many awards for her work.)

This book is an autobiography of Malala's life up to the point that she was shot and slightly after. The epilogue gives us an indication of her and her family's new life in Birmingham, England as of Aug 2013.

In the first half of this book, she writes about what she knows, her family and her country, Pakistan--its culture, religion, politics, customs, etc. She goes into detail about the history and recent history of her country.

Some sections of this first half are gruesome. We're told about murders, suicide bombings, floggings, beheadings, etc. Some readers may be put off by this. I know I was initially.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrée Ottawa on Feb. 9 2014
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It is a fascinating book. Not only is it the story of Malala but it is also the description of a very complex society with its rivalries, its solidarity and its constant life-threatening political situation. Indeed, the situation in north-west Pakistan described in the book is very similar to the situation in Afghanistan. Civilians are taken hostage between the Pakistanese army (often not fighting the Taliban as they would be expected to do) and the Taliban. A poor society struggling to survive in a very inhospitable place on earth and now becoming even more vulnerable due to the political events. The price for Malala's and her family's fight is exile in the UK a strange land to all of them. Pakistan is paying for their stay, probably quite happy to see them disappear from the news associated with the country. . If there is anything that we should rejoyce in reading this book is the infinite hunger to learn that we would be so pleased to see in our Canadian schools ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Selena Robins TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 15 2014
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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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