I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
* * * * Stars (Great!)
This is the real-life story of Malala Yousafzai, a current activist who fights for female education. She is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner at age 17. In Swat Valley in Pakistan, females couldn’t even go out due to being at risk from the Taliban. But one girl dared to speak out against the Taliban. That girl was Malala. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was 15, Malala almost paid the ultimate price – her own life. She was shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Due to Malala’s miraculous recovery, she is still able to fight for the rights of female education all over the world.
I read this autobiography when I was in 3rd grade, and it made me more aware of my surroundings and all the things that can happen. I loved how this book showed us the story of Malala Yousafzai and I used her as a role model ever since third grade. This book showed that if someone really wants something (in this case for Malala it’s education), they can receive it through hard work and determination. Malala never let go of her dreams and passions. For upper elementary and middle school kids (published for adults – there is also a young reader’s edition of this book).