I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
A true story based on a young girl from the valley of Swat in Pakistan, who became an activist at the age of 10. She fought an inspirational battle for girls’ education rights in Pakistan. The story begins by describing the most beautiful place, Swat (as she describes it). Malala was named after Malalai of Maiwand, “the greatest heroin of Afghanistan” who was an inspiration for the Afghanistan army to defeat the British in 1800 in the Second Anglo-Afghan War.
A group known as the Taliban took over Swat and did not allow girls to go to school, Malala gained confidence and courage to speak out at interviews with her father (Ziauddin Yousafzai). She became well-known in 2011 and became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
She received a death threat from the Taliban in 2012, but was determined to continue fighting and going to school. One day, while she was on the bus on her way home from school, she was shot three times in the face with two other girls. She was later taken to a hospital in England and woke up a week later. No one expected her to survive, but she did.
This book presents a learning curve about the complexities of women’s rights in some countries and access to education. It delivers a message about the value of education.
“Whether the men are winning or losing the battle, O my country, the women are coming and the women will win you an honor”