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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
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What happened to Malala, therefore, is important in so much as it is a reminder of the stakes. There are forces in the world seeking to oppress education, especially for women. Education is the enemy of regimes founded on terror, patriarchy, and privilege. Yet, it is an idea with no face and a billion faces.
This book tells a simple, but powerful story. It begins by establishing the charmingly average life of a Pakistani family. They are like any other household. Then natural disaster hits in the form of a 7.6 earthquake and this opens the doors for Taliban extremists to broker public fear into power. The Yousafzai family finds themselves at the heart of the conflict in their hometown of Swat, and they decide it is better to die on your feet than live on your knees. Malala’s father leads the way, and Malala finds her first platform to tell the world of the injustices being imposed by the Taliban. She was only 10. Suddenly this ordinary girl grows into an extraordinary voice, and it nearly cost her life.
The second half of this book deals with Malala’s recovery after her near death experience at the hands of the Taliban. It is even more about how she rediscovered her voice and doubled-down on her activism. I found myself inspired by her mix of humility and passionate resolve, as well as her commitment to her own education even as she became an international figure.
I highly recommend this book for teens, especially American teens who, despite our own issues in terms of access and equity, often seem to take education for granted. While American education is compulsory for all, it is not guaranteed in perpetuity. The fight to ensure we can continue providing education for all of our nation’s children cannot stop. Threats of defunding, the rise of private charters, and obscene income disparity all challenge the quality of and access to our public school system. There’s a thin line between America and Pakistan, and Malala’s story is a prime example of how those lines can be crossed.
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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.