I am Malala: How one girl stood up for education and changed the world
Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. Women weren’t allowed to go to the market. 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 teh cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.
No one expected her to survive.
I accidentally purchased the young readers edition of this from BAM when I bought it, but I feel like it covered the general idea. Regardless, I am so happy I finally read this and I am absolutely astounded by Malala and what she has done in the face of such fear and danger. One thing is for sure, I could never have done what she did and continue to have so much compassion and bravery.
One of the most interesting parts of this book is how supportive her father was and how instrumental he was in her entire mission. While everyone else was pulling their girls out of school, her father (who was well-known) knowingly refused to deny Malala an education. I can definitely understand how he would have felt it was his fault that his daughter was targeted, but it’s amazing her supported his family and didn’t succumb to fear. I’m glad to know a bit more of how the terrorist groups formed in their country so benignly in the beginning, through a radio station. It really exemplifies how mass media can effect a population and hysteria can change opinions.
Malala is incredible and everyone needs to read this book.