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  • Audio CD: 9 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; Com/Cdr Un edition (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147897978X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478979784
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.5 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,938 customer reviews)
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One of the more moving details in I am Malala, the memoir Malala has written with journalist Christina Lamb, is that her mother was due to start learning to read and write on the day Malala was shot - 9 October 2012. -- Kamila Shamsie The GUARDIAN Malala Yousafzai's story begins with her parents being commiserated with after producing a baby girl. In their part of northern Pakistan, she says, rifle shots ring out in celebration of a baby boy's arrival. But there is no such fanfare for females: their destiny is to cook and clean, to be neither seen nor heard... So how did Malala, who barely warranted a mention in her family's genealogy, become destined for the history books as a powerful symbol for girls' universal right to an education? Her memoir I AM MALALA tells us how. -- Baroness Wasi DAILY TELEGRAPH This memoir brings out her best qualities. You can only admire her courage and determination. Her thirst for education and reform appear genuine. She also has an air of innocence, and there is an indestructible confidence. She speaks with such poise that you forget Malala is 16. -- Ziauddin Sardar THE TIMES Her story is astonishing. -- Owen Bennett-Jones THE SPECTATOR The medical team that saved Malala; her own stoicism and resilience; the support of her family, now, again in exile, this time in Birmingham; Malala's level-headed resolve to continue to champion education and children's rights- these are all powerful reminders of the best in human nature. Much of the money Malala has been awarded has gone to the Malala fund (www.malalafund.org). "Please join my mission," she asks. It's vital that those of us who can, do. -- Yvonne Roberts THE OBSERVER Moving and illuminating -- Catherine Bennett THE OBSERVER Malala's evocation of place, beautifully and lovingly described, and her paean to her father with his own passion for education, are fascinating. But so is her toughness. She describes seeing a young girl selling oranges, clearly unable to read or write: "I took a photo of her and vowed I would do everything in my power to help educate girls like her. This was the war I was going to fight." This remarkable book is part memoir, part manifesto. I feel enriched from having read it. I also feel humbled. Our obsession with school performance is suddenly marginalised by a story in which education, quite literally, proves a matter of life and death. -- Geoff Barton THE EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT Malala's voice has the purity, but also has the rigidity, of the principled. Whether she is being a competitive teenager and keeping track of who she bet in exams (and by how much) or writing a blog for the BBC that catapulted her on to the international stage - "We were learning how to struggle. And we were learning how powerful we are when we speak" - or talking about Pakistan's politicians ("useless"), Malala is passionate and intense. Her faith and her duty to the cause of girls' education is unquestionable, her adoration for her father- her role model and comrade in arms- is moving and her pain at the violence carried out in the name of Islam is palpable. -- Fatima Bhutto THE GUARDIAN Part memoir, part mission statement. I am Malala recounts the early life of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who spoke out against the Taliban and was shot for her defiance. Her recovery, bravery and stoicism - and her father, Ziauddin - make for shocking and moving reading. EMERALD STREET The world is entranced by the story of the 15-year-old girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban because she wished to go to school. Flown over to Birmingham for emergency surgery, she has emerged as an elegant and brave spokesgirl for a better future, to the extent that she almost won the Nobel peace prize and has become a sought-after speaker. This book should inspire girls the world over. CATHOLIC HERALD Malala's story is gripping, tragic and yet ultimately full of hope. Faced with religious fundamentalism, suicide bombers and death threats her courage, stoicism and wisdom shine through at every turn. The bond she shares with her father - an equally courageous man whose views on equality are at odds with many of his countrymen - is also very movingly described. WOMAN'S WAY The media didn't really take on board the fact, which emerges from her book I AM MALALA, co-written with Christina Lamb, that every single day for her was a protest. She would hide her pens and books under her clothes on the way to school and ignore the Taliban's threats. She is a role model, not just a victim. -- Agatha Johnson STANDPOINT Not only powerful, but also very instructive about the recent history of Pakistan and the pressures of everyday life there. One finishes the book full of admiration both for Malala, and for her father, who has clearly inspired her. SUNDAY TIMES Rejoice! It was the year that a Pakistani teenager who stood up to the Taliban became a celebrity, and one with a real story to tell. What a breath of fresh air in a genre crowded out by middle-aged TV personalities. Malala Yousafzai invigorated the "all about me" genre with I AM MALALA, with Christina Lamb, a tale of immense courage and conviction which begins as she is shot for campaigning for the rights of girls to an education. THE INDEPENDENT I AM MALALA is a rich and riveting account of a short, brave and admirable life. -- Kevin Power SUNDAY BUSINESS POST (Ireland) Inspirational and powerful GRAZIA The story of the girl shot by the Taliban for speaking up for women's education is one of idealism and stubborn courage, and a reminder that women's rights and many children's rights to education are continually threatened. METRO She has the heart and courage of a lioness and is a true inspiration. -- Lorraine Kelly THE SUN I felt both humbled and inspired by I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb, the remarkable story of the young educational campaigner from Pakistan's Swat valley, who miraculously survived after bring shot by the dark forces of fundamentalism. Deftly written with the help of an award-winning foreign correspondent, this is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the tortured politics of the Taliban in the North-West Frontier. -- Jimmy Burns THE TABLET It's hard to believe that this intelligent, charismatic and very poised young women is still just 16 years old. There is so much hope and expectation resting on those inspirational small shoulders. -- Lorraine Kelly GLASGOW HERALD One finishes the book full of admiration both for Malala, and for her father, who has clearly inspired her. -- Andrew Holgate SUNDAY TIMES In her inspirational and powerful autobiography, Malala tells her own extraordinary story. GRAZIA The Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban has astonished the world with her courage and determination to fight for education and equal rights for women. FINANCIAL TIMES The inspirational story of the girl who single-handedly showed that the pen is mightier that the sword should be required reading for people of all ages. ARMY & YOU The book is equally Malala's story of love for her family and respect for her father who comes across as an inspirational figure. It is a book of courage and endurance in the face of tremendous odds. I am Malala should be read by everyone who sees education as an agency of liberation for both boys and girls and an indispensable weapon in the struggle against ignorance and oppression. -- Alan Gibbons ARMADILLO Read the story of the remarkable young woman who refused to be silenced after she was shot in the head by the Taliban on a school bus in 2012. At 16, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. BABY & ME Did you see Malala on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart? If not, Google it, and then buy this book. It's hard to find the words to describe what this girl has done, not only for young women everywhere, but also for the world in which it feels like the bad guys always win. I'm choked up just writing this. GLASGOW HERALD Honest, insightful and piercingly wise, this is the celebrity memoir to give your teenaged daughter this Christmas. -- Katy Guest INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Malala has shown extraordinary courage in campaigning for the millions of girls who are still denied an education. Uplifting and inspirational. -- June Purvis TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT This courageous and extraordinary young woman has become something of a world symbol. Her stand for education of women in her own native Pakistan was a courageous one, but it should not lead Western readers to think that such things only happened over there. She and her family now live abroad, but as her speeches and appearances show, she continues her campaign for the right of young people everywhere to fully realise their potential. IRISH CATHOLIC Malala's evocation of place, beautifully and lovingly described, and her paean to her father with his own passion for education, are fascinating. But so is her toughness. She describes seeing a young girl selling oranges, clearly unable to read or write: "I took a photo of her and vowed I would do everything in my power to help educate girls just like her. This was the war I was going to fight." This remarkable book is part memoir, part manifesto. I feel enriched from having read it. I also feel humbled. Our obsession with school performance is suddenly marginalised by a story in which education, quite literally, proves a matter of life and death. TES Malala's voice has the purity, but also the rigidity, of the principled. Whether she is being a competitive teenager and keeping track of who she beat in exams (and by how much) or writing about the blog for the BBC that catapulted her on to the international stage ... or talking about Pakistan's politicians ("useless"), Malala is passionate and intense. Her faith and her duty to the cause of girls' education is unquestionable, her adoration for her father - her role model and comrade in arms - is moving and her pain at the violence carried out in the name of Islam is palpable. -- Fatima Bhutto Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

The story of an amazing young woman.
ksimmonds
This is a story of courage, faith, a love of family and homeland and an unquenchable thirst for education in a young girl, who is an inspiration for all of us.
Marsha Landrith
I think its a good book for any American kid to read, so they can get a better sense of appreciating for the things they have in life.
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375 of 399 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Mujahid on October 8, 2013
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I downloaded this book minutes after midnight on its first day, and 14 hrs later I have finished it cover to cover. I have been married to a Pakistani for 14 yrs, and have repeatedly asked my husband, "Why do the Pakistanis put up with this"...or that as situations have arisen over the yrs. The best answers I have gotten are the same mentioned in this book. Corruption & fear. It is so wonderful to see a father & his daughter take a stand for their right for something as simple as going to school that so many of us take for granted every day.
Although I have never been to any of the 'villages' I have visited Pakistan once & was a bit surprised by the conditions in one of the larger cities. The Swat valley does sound beautiful thanks to the wonderful mental pictures I got from the very vivid text. It really is ashame that this area is no longer available for tourist, be they Pakistani or international. I also accompanied an in-law to a doctor's while in Pakistan, and as a retired RN, I am really amazed that Malala survived this ordeal. I have little doubt that it definitely was not her time to die no matter what the Taliban tried. God....Allah....must have other plans and no man will change that.
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221 of 244 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 8, 2013
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A year ago, a Taliban armed with a pistol shook the conscience of the entire world when he shot a young girl who defied the Taliban's diktat and campaigned for the rights of girls to proper education in Pakistan. The young girl who was shot point-blank defied death as she did the Taliban.

A year later, far from succumbing to the threat, Malala Yousafzai has become a symbol of hope in a world ravaged by violence and brutality. Narrating about the initial threat in her autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, co-written by Christina Lamb, who is one of the world's leading foreign correspondents, and published by Little, Brown and Company (October 2013), Malala said that she was not scared but had started making sure the gate was locked at night and asking God what happens when one dies.

Aware that the threat could become a reality, Malala used to consider what she would do if the Taliban shot her. She was even thinking, "May be, I'd take off my shoes and hit him."

And on October 9, 2012, Malala was returning from school when a bearded man stopped the bus and asked, "Who is Malala?" The 20-odd girls tucked inside the white three-bench Toyota truck which was used as a school bus were frightened. No one said anything but "that's when he lifted up a black pistol" and the girls screamed.

The bearded man fired three shots, "the first went through my left eye socket and out under my left shoulder. I slumped forward onto Moniba, blood coming from my left ear, so the other two bullets hit the girls next to me...My friends later told me the gunman's hand was shaking as he fired.
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84 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis S. from Brooklyn NY VINE VOICE on October 11, 2013
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If you have been following Malala Yousafzai's story in the news or if you saw her recent appearance on The Daily Show you probably know this sixteen-year-old is a true heroine. What you may wonder is if this book, written with Christina Lamb, stands on its own as a great reading experience. I'd say it does. The story of how Malala's Swat Valley was taken over by Taliban extremists, how she and her whole family had to live under the de facto rule of terrorists, was chilling. In the book we get to know her idealistic father and, a figure little written about in the news, her remarkable mother--a brave woman, religiously devout, unable to read, who lived her whole life up until recently in purdah. We also see the beauty of the Swat Valley through Malala's eyes.

The cause of female education, of female empowerment, may well be the great cause of our time. You will read about it in this book, but also about Malala as a human being--intellectually competitive, surprisingly in touch with certain aspects of American popular culture yet living a very different life from girls in Western societies--a patriot, a Muslim believer, and very, very brave. It is worth reading this book just to encounter her.

A parenthetical note--the Kindle edition has surprisingly good color photos of Malala and her family (seen on a Kindle Fire).
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119 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Michal Strahilevitz on October 8, 2013
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This book is an inspirational read, for everyone, but particularly for young girls. It reminds us how critical it is to support women around the world as they flight for their right to get an education. As an aside, I also saw her interview on the Daily Show today. Talk about poise, strength and courage--she personifies all three of these qualities like no one else! I will use the word again, for the second time in this review, both both the author and her book-- Inspirational!
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92 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Rambler on October 8, 2013
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Malala is an inspiration for generations to come. She started her journey at a very young age and has already achieved what many people cant even dream of. As I read more and more about her, my appreciation for her increases further. Her best quality is her daring attitude in the face of extremist elements of Pakistani society. In a country where politicians, law enforcement agencies, police, media, religious leaders and government personnels have an apologetic stance about Taliban, Malala has been vocal about Taliban's atrocities since the age of 11. Even being shot in the head did not stop her from speaking and writing about Taliban's injustices. She has turned her revenge into the force of education which she wants each child to be equipped with.

This book reminded me of a recently published book The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of Persecution & Perseverance. In his book Qasim Rashid explains why Malala is born in a society that has become apologetic to Taliban, opts illiteracy over education and uses guns instead of pens. Both books are untold stories persecution and perseverance.

I wish Malala a long and healthy life and may her missions accomplish.
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