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

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I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

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 p
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Hardcover, 327 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published November 1st 2012)
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    Lydia Atkins Personally: no. However, I could see why some people might. There are some chapters at the start that go into Pakistani history in a lot of detail. I…morePersonally: no. However, I could see why some people might. There are some chapters at the start that go into Pakistani history in a lot of detail. I found it very interesting but if you're not into international politics/history you might find the first section a bit slow.(less)

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    Diane
    Reading this book reminded me of how much I take for granted every day: Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The freedom to go to the store without needing a male escort. And the ability to get an education, regardless of gender.

    "I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children."

    Malala, who is now 16, is an outspoken advocate for girls to have the same r
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    Tanya Tyson
    Just to be clear, the rating is for the book not the person Malala herself. I read this quickly whilst on holidays and was keen to find out more about her story after seeing a short tv piece just before leaving home. I think her story is amazing and her courage remarkable, her plight and vision inspiring but the book itself I found to be an odd mix of political and historical fact and personal reflections that didn't quite gel for me. Still a worthy read and I really appreciated the insight into ...more
    Natasha
    Being a fellow Muslim, I was indeed intrigued and awed by the courage of this young girl who is brave enough to state out what is wrong with her country and strive for education to be available for all.

    Coming from a country where education is a main priority and females over populated the men in schools,colleges and universities, I was indeed aghast to discovered that in certain parts of the world, women are being treated as second class citizens. It brought a tear to my eyes, how Malala and her
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    Limau Nipis
    I could not be bothered with negative comments. So, get on with your life. Just ignore the review if you think I write negatively.

    I don't want to raise some sentiments here, so if your comments got deleted, like I wrote earlier, get on with your life.


    Edited to include what I have wrote earlier in my comments on 4 December '13:

    I do feel that this autobiography should have waited for a few years for Malala to have a much more distinctive voice.

    Unfortunately, this was muted by the co author.


    2.5 sta
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    Summer
    I really wanted to love this book. I don't think anyone can deny the difficulties this girl has faced or the impact she has had on the world. However, the book reads like an odd jumble of Pakistani history, politics, and personal experience that never quite comes together into a cohesive narrative. The first few chapters are very inconsistent and meander all over the place with no clear destination; it sounds more like a collection of memories or family stories interspersed with factual informat ...more
    بــدريــه  الـبـرازي
    أنا ملالا .. تغير عالمي و لم أتغير

    هذه قصة كفاح ونضال تستحق أن تكون ملهمة لملايين
    من يفعل ؟ الذي فعلتها ملالا

    ملالا ، باكستانية في طريقها للمدرسة تعرضت للطلق نار في وجهها
    و نجت من الموت بأعجوبة تحكيها بتفاصيل مؤلمة بالفصول الاخيرة
    بدأت رحلتها في الدعوة لتعليم الفتيات في سن الحادية عشرة
    من خلال تقديم مقابلات تلفزيونية في باكستان عن هذا الموضوع
    ثم في عام 2009 بدأت في كتابة مدونة على موقع هيئة الإذاعة البريطانية
    الناطق باللغة الأوردية تحت اسم مستعار. وسريعا أصبحت شهيرة في باكستان
    .ما جعلها هدفا ل
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    L.J. Smith
    I absolutely loved this book. I have been following this story ever since Malala Yousafzai was shot and articles about her began to appear on CNN.com. I was always captivated by the way Malala spoke in interviews before she was attacked: I simply loved the sound of her voice and the sight of her face, which seemed to shine with her spirit. She might not think she is beautiful, but to me she is stunning. I adore the bright colors she wears and the liquid wonder of her eyes.

    It was difficult to rea
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    Aasem Bakhshi
    I would ask all those Pakistanis who are making the book controversial through over-sensationalized and misplaced critiques:

    1. Please remove the lenses of bigotry and prejudice and read the book in a casual way. Its not a great book so comparisons with Anne Frank's diary are perhaps out of proportion. However, I would hate to speculate that it might be considered a great classic if Pakistan continues on its usual disastrous course and experience a people's tragedy comparable to holocaust. This
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    Muhammad Syed
    Dec 04, 2013 Muhammad Syed rated it 1 of 5 stars
    Recommends it for: Can not say
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    Heba Nouraldeen
    حينما فرغت من قراءة هذه الروايه الرائعه..وقعت عيناىّ على صورة جمعت ملالا بوالدها على غلاف الكتاب
    وأدركت حينئذٍ من نظرتها المُحبه لوالدها..قدرالحب والاحترام والعرفان بفضل والدها عليها ولكى يكون هناك فتاه تدعى "ملالا"..تلك الفتاه القويه ..الشجاعه ..طيبة القلب ..وخفيفة الظل
    لا ينطوى قلبها الا على رغبه صادقه لمساعدة الاخرين ..لم يكن نيل الجوائز والشهره غايتها ..بل تريد ان تكون فى عون الناس وترسم ابتسامه على وجه كل انسان..لا تريد ان يراها احد على انها الفتاه التى اطلق"الطالبان " عليها النار بل الفتاه
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    إسلام

    مالالا vs طالبنان

    ∞ : مالالا
    طالبان : 0




    مالالا استطاعت ان تهزم الرصاص بعزيمتها ، لم تستطع طالبان ان تهزم بداخلها الفتاة التي تحب التعلم وتريد ان تنشر الخير بين كل الناس وان يعم العالم السلام
    في الحقيقه هذه المعركه او هذه الرصاصه التي أصابت مالالا لم تصبها وحدها ولكن أصابت كل انسان يريد السلام ويريد القضاء علي الجهل باعتباره أكبر ارهابي في العالم
    والمعركه ما زالت مستمره
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    ضياء الدين

    اكثر الشخصيات تأثيرا في حياة مالالا ،اكثر شخصيه ابهرتني اكثر من مالالا نفسها ، لأنه
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    Sasha
    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

    On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. When she was shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home from school, 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 Yor
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    Vikas Lather
    Malala is the symbol of enlightenment in modern age. It is very strange to have an inspiration younger than I'm :)
    I feel extreme shame for fanatic regimes for banning this book. It is very sad that homicidal and illiterate people continue to dictate what adult minds should write,read and speak
    Ariel Marie
    Oct 08, 2013 Ariel Marie marked it as to-read
    I just think she is one of the coolest people.
    Ali Khan
    Being resident of the area, Valley of Swat, where she lived (basically she is from the adjoining District Shangla whence her father came to Swat and established private school), I find the authenticity of the most of events described and actions claimed hard to believe (as do almost all the residents).
    First there is the question of Local Talibans forcing girls from going to schools. That is not true. I was, as everyone else, a regular listener of the Taliban's daily half an hour or so long FM ra
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    Belle
    Feb 15, 2014 Belle marked it as tbr-pile
    Today is International Day of the Girl Child. Malala is my hero.
    Alexandra
    I had actually discovered this book on the nightstand of my father and had not expected much from it as our tastes in literature are very different. I am, however, able to say that I was happily surprised with I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. I Am Malala is the fearless and terrifying biography of a Pashtun girl living in Swat, Pakistan. At the age of fifteen Malala was shot in the head on her school bus by the Taliban because she believed in education for women. The writing in this novel illust ...more
    Thabit
    منذ الاجتياح الأمريكي على أفغانستان في محاولة اجنبية تزعم بنشر الحرية والديمقراطية في إحدى دول الشرق "المتخلفة" تم قتل ما يقارب 20 ألف أفغاني مدني جراء عمليات القصف الأمريكية. 20 ألف شخص كل فرد منهم كان يمتلك حياته اليومية الخاصة تم القضاء عليهم وكأن شيئاً لم يكن وتم اعتبارهم "اضرار جانبية" كمصطلح برجماتي تقوم عليه الحكومة الأمريكية ولكن عندما قام أحد اضدادهم بمحاولة قتل فتاة قاصرة زلزت الدنيا وانقذت أمريكا هذه الفتاة الباكستانية وسوقت الخبر في كل المنابر والأوراق واصبحت هذه الفتاة تساوي اكثر من ...more
    Tino
    Cried my way through!!! Initially I felt there was too much politics in the story for it ot be the authentic account of a teenage girl - after a while i realised the personal is always political and in a Taliban controlled country there is no option but to be alive to the politics of your situation even at a youg age. In the end, I have a deep admiration not only for Malala but for her parents. They come accross as deeply convicted people - they stand for something and have jumped body and soul ...more
    Elizabeth
    This is an excellent and important true story, but I found it very difficult to read. Not because of the subject matter, but because it read like a first draft. At times it was very disjointed and hard to follow. I want to give Malala five stars, but I am rating her book, not her. Better editing would have improved this book tremendously. It seemed rushed to press.

    I enjoyed Malala's descriptions of life in her beautiful, beloved Swat. I learned a lot about the incredible battle she is fighting
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    Jamise
    I did not enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. I felt like I was in an agonizing history class that would never end. With over 50% dedicated to the history of Pakistan, government structure, and the Taliban, I was well irritated with not having more focus on Malala. I do understand that the background was needed, I just felt that could have been done in less time. I enjoyed the last 75 pages as more details were given on Malala's shooting, recovery and strength. I love her passion and courage ...more
    حسين المتروك
    انطلقت بقراءة مذكّرات (أنا ملالا) للفائزة بجائزة نوبل للسلام (ملالا يوسفزاي) ولم أكن أتوقّع الكثير نظراً لأنني أعلم بأن عُمر هذه الفتاة هوَ 17 عام حالياً، فما هيَ التجربة التي ستتمكن من كتابتها، وما هو الأسلوب الذي ستتخذه في رواية الأحداث لنا نحن القرّاء، إلا أنني تفاجأت بشدّة، فالأسلوب جميل (على الرغم من أنّه بمساعدة –كريستينا لامب-)، والحكاية التي عاشتها أكّدت لي ما كُنت قد نسيته .. (لكل شخص منّا حكاية يُمكنه كتاباتها في وقتٍ ما ليزيد في رصيد الخبرات العالمية في التعامل مع الأحداث).
    مع بداية ال
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    Rosaria
    Oct 08, 2013 Rosaria marked it as to-read
    This extremely brave, young girl needs all of our support as she continues to face the cowardly threats that the Taliban is issuing against her life. I am proud to say that my two sons, who are both a few years younger than Malala, see this young lady as a hero and role model. Education is for all - girls and boys. Each one of us has so much potential to contribute in a postive way to our local and global communities. It is so heartbreaking to see this young woman continues to be in danger for s ...more
    Zanna
    To all the girls who have faced injustice and been silenced. Together we will be heard.

    Some months ago Media Diversified's editors described Malala Yousafzai as the bravest girl in the world. That accolade will always be pinned to her chest in my mind after reading this, in which I learned that the most courageous do not know they are brave.

    Folks will read this, perhaps, to discover what made Malala; what familial context and historical moment was capable of producing her. Her account of her bi
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    Rachna
    It is surprising to read about so much hate and negativity for this remarkable young woman from people of her own country! Their criticism could arise from the fact that they fell that she has shamed the country by exposing it's underbelly. But hiding your problems under the carpet is not going to help anyone.

    Those who take the trouble to actually go through the book, will realize she speaks very highly of her birthplace and people - but also states facts of what needs to be improved. It is no
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    عمر الخير
    الكثير من البروباجاندا
    الكثير من البروباجاندا
    الكثير من البروباجاندا
    الكثير من البروباجاندا
    الكثير من البروباجاندا
    Book Concierge
    Audiobook read by Archie Panjabi

    The subtitle says it all: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
    Adapted from the book cover: 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 expec
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    Fatema Hassan , bahrain





    إن كنت تبحث عن سبب فلن تجد هنا أي سبب مقنع لما حدث في أكتوبر ٢٠١٢، فالسبب هناك لا زال محفورًا بقناعة -للأسف- في صدور من أطلقوا الرصاصة على جمجمة ملالا يوسف زاي ، لعلهم جهلوا بأن الوعي والعزيمة لم يقطنوا الجماجم قط ..!
    السبب محفور في صدور من يقدم لهم اليد التي يبطشون بها بالضعفاء ، فهم -كما عُرف عنهم دومًا -عقول خفاشية مهنتها التدبير و التمهيد للعودة لعصر لم تعد لواقعنا الراهن طاقة به .

    منطقي أنا -كقارئة -جاء يبحث عن السبب ! عن ملالا التي حولت الوصول للهاوية واقع و النجاة منه وترضيخه أكثر واقعية ،
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    David Hilton
    I read this book along with a group of teachers for our school book group. I was excited to learn more about Malala and found that her story is indeed inspiring.

    A first I was concerned. The beginning of the book feels choppy and distant. I think the co-writer may have given Malala too much control here and the result is passive text using the past tense almost exclusively. I struggled forward.

    When Malala starts to detail the history of Pakistan since its independence in 1947, the book regains
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    Marialyce
    This was quite a story of both courage and fortitude by a young lady who managed to triumphed over the antiquated and cruel judgements of religious fanatics. I loved the message it sent as to the value of education, something in this country which many do not prize as does Malala. It also shows that n some areas of the world, as much as we think we have evolved intellectually, there are still some countries where women are considered inferior, second class citizens.

    We are truly blessed here in
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    Malala Yousafzai is a 16 years student from Swat, Pakistan. She is studying in 8th class. She wrote a diary for BBC in early 2009 with a different name "Gul Makai", she wrote about the critical situation in Swat at that time. She later on became famous and worked for children rights in Swat, Pakistan.

    She was nominated for a children award by an international organization in 2011. She appeared on
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