I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Front Cover
Little, Brown, Oct 8, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
2583 Reviews
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Ah, I love inspiring life stories such as this. - Goodreads
Important message but choppy writing. - Goodreads
This is indeed a love story. - Goodreads
Really good insight into what is happening in Pakistan. - Goodreads
This book was difficult to read for several reasons. - Goodreads
This is a good book, but it needed better copy editing. - Goodreads

Review: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

User Review  - Queen Reese - Goodreads

It is mind blowing how knowledgeable she is about her country's religious, political and cultural history, and it is inspiring how dedicated she is to ensure anyone who desires an education can get one. Read full review

Review: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

User Review  - Kimi - Goodreads

This book was sort of hard to get into stylistically. The way it was written made it kind of slow, but it really picked up after the second part. And I totally cried a few times during the end. Just ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Malala Yousafzai came to public attention at the age of eleven by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. Using the pen name Gul Makai, she often spoke about her family's fight for girls' education in her community.

In October 2012, Malala was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived and continues her campaign for education.

In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala was the winner of Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize in 2011 and was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize in the same year. She is the youngest person ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She was one of four runners-up for Time magazine's Person of the Year and has received numerous other awards.

Malala continues to champion universal access to education through the Malala Fund, a nonprofit organization investing in community-led programs and supporting education advocates around the world.

Christina Lamb is one of the world's leading foreign correspondents. She has reported on Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1987. Educated at Oxford and Harvard, she is the author of five books and has won a number of awards, including Britain's Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times, as well as the Prix Bayeux-Calvados, Europe's most prestigious award for war correspondents. She currently works for the Sunday Times and lives in London and Portugal with her husband and son.

Bibliographic information