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- Print Length: 232 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 031632793X
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Young Readers ed. edition (August 19, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 19, 2014
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H25FFLA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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About the Author
Patricia McCormick is an American journalist and writer of realistic fiction for young adults. She has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award.
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One day there was a 7.6 earthquake that left northern parts of Pakistan devastated.The government was slow to arrive, but the religious islamic group came immediately led by Sufi Mohammad and his son-in-law Fazlullah. Religious leaders called Mullahs, preached it was a warning from God. They said that if they did not change their ways to Islamic Religious Law more severe punishment would come. The country was vulnerable since the earthquake made it easier for someone with bad intentions to use the country’s fear for his gain.
One day Malala was walking with her friend to school one day and a man across the street stared at them. Then one night he came with six elders to her house and told Malala’s father to close down the school. People thought it was un-Islamic for girls to go to school. The elders were supposedly on the side of Fazlullah that was running an illegal radio broadcast, which said things about who he thought was un-Islamic. Malala’s father did not listen or close the school. People were killed for not obeying Fazlullah. Police and the government could not stop him. They were not even allowed to watch television. Girls were dropping out of school everyday, because it was unsafe. Her father got a letter from the Taliban, Malala’s father replied the next day, and his full name and school address appeared in the newspaper. A friend of Malala’s father called, and said “Now many people will have the courage to speak up.” People still did not speak up. There were bombings all over, and many thousands of men from the Taliban army were fighting. Malala’s father still spoke out against the Taliban. A television crew arrived at her school and interviewed the girls. That was Malala’s chance to speak, and she did. In 2008 Swat Valley was being attacked Malala spoke to local and national TV channels, radios, and newspapers. One afternoon she heard her father on the phone talking to a friend that worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation network (BBC). They were looking for someone who could write a diary about life under the Taliban. A few girls wanted to do it, but their parents thought it was to risky. So Malala asked to do it, and her parents approved. She talked on the phone with the BBC correspondent and he suggested Malala to use a fake name. Her first entry appeared on January 3, 2009. It was on the internet for the whole world to see which was a good thing. Her next entry was about the killings. Her school was eventually shut down. Malala was very sad but her father said she would still do school at her house. The school reopened four days later. Her father wanted her to improve on her English so she watched a DVD of journalists and a TV program called Ugly Betty. The government imposed a peace deal with the Taliban but it was not working. In October 2011 Malala was nominated for the International Peace Prize Of Kids Rights. In 2012 she got a death threat from the Taliban. One of her father’s close friend was shot, but he lived. One day coming home from school on the bus they turned off the main road at the army checkpoint as usual. The bus slowed to a halt and Malala didn’t remember anything after that. She was shot.
The author’s message in this book is that it is important to stand up for what you believe in. Malala’s father was told to close down the school, but he didn’t and he also spoke out against the Taliban. Malala talked on national and local TV, radio broadcasts, and newspapers to speak up for girls education. Malala also did interviews and she was nominated for the International Peace Prize Of Kids Rights.
I give this book four stars because, it is great read. It is very interesting and it’s a book you don’t want to put down. I Am Malala is an inspiring book, because she stood up and spoke up for girls rights and education. I would recommend this book to others who like non-fiction, reality, informational stories, and biographies. I think this book is appropriate for ages 12 and up.
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I liked how this book was split up. This is the Young Readers edition and I can see how the attack on Malala (and the aftermath in hospital) has probably been translated to be far less gruesome, as well as a simplification of the political climate in Pakistan. But I really thought that Patricia McCormick did a really good job of making the facts easy to understand, and it's still an emotional read. I learnt A LOT while reading this as I don't think that the plight of the Middle East is covered well in Western Society and I certainly had no real clue about exactly how the Taliban came about in the first place.
Malala's story, as I said, is really touching. I liked that she remained focused throughout on her desperate bid to raise awareness on girl's educational needs and the love for her country's natural surroundings and sense of community when compared to that of England (being a white British girl even I can relate to the sense of isolation in our big cities) is nice because it really puts into perspective that money, technology and a sense of entitlement is NOT everything. It is love that brings happiness, as soppy as it sounds. What's more, the horrors imposed by the Taliban could EASILY happen in any other country and I really feel that privileged people (including myself) would do well to remember this while reading. Passionate and inspiring, this is my favourite read of the month for sure!
I can't think of a better review than that.
discriminatory attitudes towards females of all ages. She is of much greater worth of than all those ignorant males
who blindly follow, like sheep, the savagely brutal beliefs of evil hate preachers. May she continue to lead and
succeed in her quest for equality for all girls and women.
Well done Marsala l hope this book gets read by thousands.