Wednesday, January 24, 2018

I am Malala: a review

I am Malala:
How One Girl Stood Up for Education
and Changed the World

Author: Malala Yousafzai  w/ Patricia McCormick
Genre: Children's Books > Biographies > Women
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Print Length: 232 pages
Age Level: Grade 6 & up
Format read: Young Readers Edition - Audiobook
Rating:★

"I Am Malala. This is my story.

Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school.

Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.

No one expected her to survive.

Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which has been reimagined specifically for a younger audience and includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world -- and did.

Malala's powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person -- one young person -- can inspire change in her community and beyond."
I went into this book knowing very little about Malala Yousafzai. I knew that she was targeted because of her stance on women's education but that was the extent of my knowledge. So I pretty much went into this book not knowing what to expect & with very little backstory. What I ended up finding was a book about an amazing girl who is, by far, one of the most inspiring people I have ever learned about.

If anyone is interested in reading this book, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook version. The way the narrator reads Malala's words makes the readers experience even more enjoyable. I found myself laughing over the antics between Malala & her brothers. And not only is Malala very intelligent, she is also hilarious. I found her sense of humor to be a breath of fresh air among the weighty subject of the Taliban's control & destruction.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in real-life events, memoirs, inspirational women, or anyone just looking to read a story of hope & truth.


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