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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) Paperback – June 14, 2016
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"This is no simple redaction. With the capable assistance of co-author McCormick, the account has been effectively rewritten specifically for children...[I]t should pack quite a wallop."―Kirkus Reviews
"Although her efforts to attend school, and the subsequent attack she endured, make for a powerful story, Yousafzai writes just as vividly about her daily life as a child in Pakistan.... Yousafzai's fresh, straightforward voice creates an easily read narrative that will introduce a slew of younger readers to both her story and her mission."―Booklist
[Yousafzai's] strong voice and ideals come across on every page, emphasizing how her surroundings and supportive family helped her become the relevant figure she is today....―SLJ
About the Author
Since Malala Yousafzai was born in 1997 in Pakistan, she has seen her country transformed from a once peaceful land to a hotbed of terrorism. Malala, who now lives in Birmingham, England, intends to devote her life to the good of the people and her belief that all girls deserve an education.
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What a sad, hopeful, beautiful story this is. I admire Malala and girls like her--if there are girls like her--immensely. I wish I had been so centered and unselfish when I was a teenager. This is a must-read for everyone from adolescents to adults--of both genders. Truly inspiring for all the world to learn from.
In this book, Malala gives her accounts of life in Swat, her beloved homeland. Stories of her own life are interwoven in the history of the Swat Valley and Pakistan as well as the history of her family. Although the story of Malala's life and the history of the country are definitely worth reading, the flow of this book is hard to follow at times. Sometimes the story will jump from Malala's recounts of her childhood and life up until her shooting, to a long explanation of the country's history, to the history of a specific family member, without much transition. Although these aspects of the book can be interesting for the most part, some of them tend to be more like long-winded tangents, which, unfortunately, dissuades readers from continuing past the first third of the book.
Moreover, even though this is Malala's memoir, it seems that the book tells more about Pakistan and her extended family, which can leave the reader questioning if this book should truly be called a memoir for about half of the book. However, this information does have its place--later in the book.
Nevertheless, this book should still be read. The realities of education and the treatment of women in Pakistan today should be known. This is truly eye opening and makes me incredibly thankful for my own education. Malala is the youngest nominee and recipient of the Nobel a Peace for good reason. Her ongoing advocacy for education--specifically the education of women-- is incredibly brave for a survivor such as herself. This book would be particularly interesting and influential for those who are interested in humanities, histories, and current world events. Although the flow of the book may be choppy at times, the story itself is what matters the most. Readers can easily adjust to the writing style as long as they pay enough attention and stick it out until the end. It's definitely worth it.