A first-hand account of an incredibly brave hero, a young girl, who chose to speak truth to the world about the brutalities of the Taliban, was shot in the head, and recovered to carry on this mission. Malala should receive a Nobel Prize for her eloquence, her bravery, and her choice to continue speaking out even after her life was almost taken from her. She has earned this reader's eternal esteem.
My husband and I truly enjoyed this story in so many ways. It was so interesting to read about Pakistan from this young woman's patriotic point of view. I love that Malala is so insistent that girls should to be allowed to receive an education, despite the very real and present danger of Taliban threats. She is a worthy example for girls everywhere to courageously stand up for what is Right.
It is unfathomable that someone could shoot this young girl at point blank range. I felt the outrage and fear of time being of the essence for her recovery. And on the other hand, hearing about her reactions to a very different attitude toward her care, when she awoke in England was reassuring. I remember praying for Malala when I heard she was shot in the face, and it is wonderful to hear that this sweet girl is going to recover.
She sounded very similar to the author, at least to my untrained ear. Her voice is quite lovely; I had difficulty putting down the book.
I definitely shed tears for the plight of Malala and the girls everywhere who are not allowed to attend school. It is a senseless tragedy caused by evil people with evil intentions.
The story made me curious to find the places she mentions on the map, find photos of her valley, and read more about the development of Pakistan as a country. When I read about a new region of the world, I am reminded of the similarities of people everywhere, the need for family, love, understanding. Also, I am reminded that we must personally engage in the battle against evil, or it will overwhelm us. We must not ignore it. Every voice counts, and any voice might be the very one that makes the difference between good and evil.
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The honest and simple approach to the feelings of this courageous little girl
Excellent performance...Brought you to beleive the sincerity of the author
Wows....What an insight into the functionings of another culture and the struggle for the education they find so essential to their future.
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The first two hours were really tough to get through but after that the book just gets better and better so don’t give up on it. The narrator, who I didn’t like at first, also grew on me as the book went on. Overall, it’s a great true story that touches the emotions but I must admit the names and places are so difficult to understand that the PDF is a must so that you could see some of those words, which may help you remember them.
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There is no other way to sum up this book other than 'humbling and awe-inspiring' and what's more is that this story is true. This is an account of one young girl’s struggle, tragedy and her ultimate triumph against a ruthless, irrational and unreasonable enemy. I absolutely loved the descriptive way in which Malala recounted her life in the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. This book opens with a prologue, which is narrated by Malala herself. In spite of the terror she has been through, one can hear the compassion and optimism in her gentle child's voice. Her story is powerful and just as she loves knowledge she uses her book to carefully educate the reader/listener about her beloved land. We are introduced to the beautiful Swat valley as we become familiar with Malala's family and friends, her people, her culture and also the cruel, unreasoning extremists/Taliban who, through fear and terror, force their repressive rules upon her and her townspeople.
Malala is the girl who stood up for what she believed. With her father and family’s support she became known for her activism regarding the rights of girls/women to obtain an education; especially in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban banned girls from attending school and leaving their homes. Malala's outspokenness made her a target of these local Taliban, which caused her to be shot in the head at point-blank range. She nearly died but her assassin failed. Malala was critically injured but that did not stop her and in spite of the Taliban reiterating its death threats against her and her family, Malala has not faded away. She has not faltered and she has never compromised her dreams.
The crime against Malala was inhumane and horrifying but through it all she remains serenely defiant and optimistic. With wisdom beyond her years this young girl's words inspire and it is this spirit of Malala’s that has captured the hearts of people around the world.
I am so stirred by this gentle, optimistic, slight wisp of a girl who even now holds a book as her only ‘weapon’ against the army of Taliban who want her dead…and she is winning! It has taken a child to remind us once again that the pen is mightier than the sword and the world agrees because Malala was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize; the youngest person to accomplish such a feat if she is chosen.
I will tell as many people as I can that they should read/hear this story because this amazing young girl is a rare and precious gift with a very relevant and important message/struggle. So who is Malala?...I am Malala!
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
Of course it's a wonderful slice of someone's life very well written, so all the stars. I shelve books at my public library and often see Malala's face in the young people's section. We must have several copies of this book. I loved the narrator with her very clear enunciation and a voice like little bells. I hope she is as pretty as she sounds and will read more books or or do something even better with her gifts.
In the book, we learn right away that a teenager on her way to school was shot point blank in the face by a Taliban gunman. Then we are taken back to before she was born and filled in with her family's situation, the political situation of the whole region, her family's place in the Muslim faith, her beautiful valley and her lovely town. Malala has a beautiful, bright but illiterate mother and an educated, English-speaking, liberal-minded citizen of the world father! He is thrilled with his baby daughter in a society that offers condolences when a girl-child is born. Of course Malala is bright and eager but I think a lot of us would have gone a lot farther than we did with a daddy like hers. I had a physician father who didn't answer my questions. Silent treatment! He was working in his shop in the garage, soldering and fooling with a radio. At 4 or 5 I asked about the colored bands on the resistors. NO ANSWER! I didn't know they were resistors, only suspected the colors had special meaning in the ham radio world. Questions mean a kid is bright! Little kids pick up on all the talk in a household! Of course Malala picked up on her dad's attitudes about education and the political scene. So in time she protested for education of girls and even made speeches about it, going with her dad to all kinds of gatherings. Two brothers came along after her. She says several times that her dad always explained things to her mother, translated, kept nothing from his devoted partner. [I wondered why someone didn't just sit down with Mama and start explaining the wonders of phonetics in the simplest way. I am a literacy coach and while we have marvelous teaching aids, it is not that hard to begin with CAT, HAT, THAT, THE, GO etc.]
The book fills in for us very well all the violent history of the area. If you only want to read about a pretty girl who got well, skip to the end! I was content to hear it again as Malala and her family lived it. I was helped greatly when Malala explains that artisans, hand workers, embroiderers, clothing makers and dancers are not valued in that society! People enjoy their work but don't value them as people. For shame! And the young and discontented Taliban come from that segment. After Malala is shot, her dad makes an heroic decision; he signs her off legally to a very good woman who will escort Malala to England for medical care, including rehab. He reasons that his wife and sons need him more than Malala does. As she says, he is not a tennis daddy! She describes her first thoughts on waking up. Nobody told her where she was or what had happened! Or maybe they did but she didn't retain it. She was hearing a lot of English but the speakers were from all different places! Her parents and brothers were delayed in coming to England by bureaucratic issues. Everything got better. There was a wonderful Muslim woman chaplain in the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, England who prayed with Malala. I was fascinated by Malala's take on Western Civilization. Someone bought her clothes -- tights and pullovers in wild (to her taste) colors -- even a bra! Even though her English is fluent, she comes from such a different society. I wish the book had told more about her rehab, the routine of daily sessions trying to do . . . whatever, i.e., the slow grind back to wellness. Many people have to do this, learn to accept a scar or limitations or having a nice baby but never again a flat tummy. The process of doing one's best while healing and continuing in hope -- this part of the story helps young people especially, I think. . . .
I wasn't sure what I was going to gain from this book. I gained so much more than I expected. Malala taught me about Pakistan, its history and its people. Helped me have a better understanding on what Islam truly is and how the terrorist skew the word for their own gain. Also, how to take something we are passionate about and never give up on making that happen.
I am Malala was inspiring and was great material for my daughter she loved every page.