I Am Malala

I Am Malala is about Malala, a muslim girl, who lives in Pakistan. Her life changes drastically when the Taliban enter her town, and she has to fight for her rights as a person as well as her rights to learn. Malala Yousafzai is one girl in many, who manages to change the world.

This book amazed me because it shows how hard girls in Pakistan have to fight to get an education, while at the same time, girls in America, Canada and many other places need to go to school. I think that all people are equal, and it’s horrible how women in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan are treated like objects. I think that I am very fortunate to have an education, the right to wear whatever I want, and to be able to speak my mind and not have to be worried about being shot for what I believe.

Here’s what Goodreads has to say;

The highly anticipated memoir of Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl from Pakistan’s Swat region who stood up to the Taliban.

‘I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday. We’d finished for the day and I was on the open-back truck we use as a school bus. There were no windows, just thick plastic sheeting that flapped at the sides and a postage stamp of open sky at the back through which I caught a glimpse of a kite wheeling up and down. It was pink, my favourite colour.’

In 2009 Malala Yousafzai began writing an anonymous blog for BBC Urdu about life in the Swat Valley as the Taliban gained control, at times banning girls from attending school. When her identity was discovered, Malala began to appear in Pakistani and international media, campaigning for education for all. On 9 October 2012, Malala was shot at point-blank range by a member of the Taliban on the way home from school. Remarkably, she survived. In April 2013, Time magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

I Am Malala tells the inspiring story of a schoolgirl who was determined not to be intimidated by extremists, and faced the Taliban with immense courage. Malala speaks of her continuing campaign for every girl’s right to an education, shining a light into the lives of those children who cannot attend school. This is just the beginning…

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