I Am Malala : The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai and Archie Panjabi and Christina Lamb

"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.

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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 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 became 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.

  • ISBN-13: 9781478979784
  • ISBN-10: 147897978X
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company
  • Publish Date: October 2013
  • Page Count: 9

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In 2012, when the Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai in the face, they intended to kill her and to stop her from publicly championing the right of girls to an education. Fortunately, it had the opposite effect. Malala lived and, after extensive surgeries and rehab in England, has taken a prominent place on the world stage, fearlessly and resolutely raising her voice to demand that every child go to school. Now, she has become the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. She’s an amazing young woman whom we all should know and support. And the best way to do that is to listen to I Am Malala, written with Christina Lamb. Malala reads the prologue herself, and then Archie Panjabi continues in a voice just as spirited as the author’s.


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