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

51dvlcrs0gl-_sx321_bo1204203200_1Malala Yousafzai never dreamt of advocating for girl’s education. Until the Taliban came to Mingora, Pakistan, Malala was just a normal Muslim girl working hard in school and striving towards her goal of becoming a doctor. The Taliban are cruel men that are radical and want power over everything, including the education of young girls. However Malala was against such injustice and strongly believed that every girl has the right to an education and that “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” As Malala began public speaking and reminding those around her the importance of knowledge and learning for girls, the Taliban issued a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, when Malala was on her way home from school, a man boarded her bus and shot her in the left side of her head. Yet this did not stop brave Malala, instead it gave her more strength to stand up against the challenges girls face and to fight for not only herself, but for the basic human right. It made individuals all the world support her cause and reminded them the importance of an education.

I thought this book was one of the most inspiring books I have ever read and it really made me appreciate school. Malala has become my role model because she cares for other girls her age and is concerned for everyone’s future. This book shows how there are many places in the world where people have to fight for a simple thing like school. I think everyone should read this book because it shows how we can all make a difference especially for girls who don’t have power to change their lives.

Although there were many memorable moments in the book, the most remarkable was when even after the Taliban had shot her, she was not afraid to stand up and speak up against them once again. In fact Malala started speaking up against the Taliban more than she had ever because she learned how important her cause is and led to inspiring more people around the world to have their voice heard and make a difference.


Reviewed by Maitri, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library

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