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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai | Review

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb and Archie Panjabi
Published: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Length: 10 CDs
Received: purchased
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A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE "I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."

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 became 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.

Inspiring! And at such a young age. How else do you sum up what Malala makes you feel. Not only did she survive such a horrific attack, but she continues to fight the good fight for the rights to education for girls around the world. Absolutely a person that I hope my daughter can look up to when she grows up. 

I had heard about Malala many years ago after learning about the attack. But only recently had I thought to learn more about her. I watched the documentary, He Named Me Malala, via Netflix. This then prompted me to check out her book. As I had contemplated buying the book versus borrowing from my library, I stumbled upon the audiobook version for sale at my local thrift store and just knew this was the way I was meant to learn her story. And am I ever glad I did. I think listening to Malala's story in her own voice is far more impacting than just reading her words on paper. I always love when an audio version of an autobiography is read by the author so you can enjoy the story the way they intended each moment to feel.

From the beautiful descriptions of her life growing up in the Swat Valley to the agonizing recovery after that attack, Malala's story is truly a wonderful autobiography that people of all ages should read/listen to. Her discussions include politics in her village, the Taliban, the right to education, the insane personal attack on her family and her new life after leaving the only home she's ever known.

Malala is such a strong young woman and to be able to stand up for her beliefs at such a young age, even knowing the possible retribution she and her family could face, is absolutely courageous. She gives me hope for future generations. 

Her story both made me proud and brought me to tears. This is the kind of story that stays with you and makes you want to be better and do better. Listening to her, as she reads, allows you a peak into a world that many are ignorant of. Malala truly uses her voice to draw attention to important matters, to ask the hard questions and to find the truth that is out there.

I'm happy that she survived such a cruel and brutal attack, amazed at her strength to continue on fighting for what she believes in and her resolve to one day move home to the valley she so misses.

About the Author:
Malala Yousafzai is a 16 years student from Swat, Pakistan. She is studying in 8th class. She wrote a diary for BBC in early 2009 with a different name "Gul Makai", she wrote about the critical situation in Swat at that time. She later on became famous and worked for children rights in Swat, Pakistan.

She was nominated for a children award by an international organization in 2011. She appeared on many national and international news channels, TV channels and newspapers. She is a brave girl and has the ability to speak out the truth. She struggled for children's Education in her region Swat. She struggled when the militants were fighting against Pakistan Army in Swat and was banning girls' school in Swat.

On 8th October 2012 she was attacked in Swat when coming back from school to home, and thus we created this blog to share love for her and share all the facts about Malala.

Malala is now living and studying in the United Kingdom, and she has started going to school. -source

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