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I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai is an inspiring look at the young woman whose story captivated the world. At just 15 years old, Malala stood up against the Taliban and risked her life to defend girls’ right to education in Pakistan. In this memoir, she recounts her brave journey from being a timid schoolgirl to becoming a global advocate for peace and human rights.

The book takes readers along with Malala as she grows from a shy child living peacefully in Swat Valley to an outspoken activist speaking truth to power. With vivid detail, she has captured her struggle for learning and self-expression against oppressive forces. I Am Malala is also a testament of her family’s efforts alongside her own work towards the cause of education equality in Pakistan and other parts of the world.

Though written by someone so young, I Am Malala packs in powerful lessons on courage, strength, and resilience that are sure to inspire readers everywhere. As an advocate for girls’ rights and Nobel Prize winner, Malala proves that no matter where we come from or how small our beginnings may seem, we all have the potential to be agents for change in our own lives and beyond.

Adapted For Young Readers

I have read this book by myself, both inside and outside of school. In school, we read the book that was adapted for young readers, but outside of school I read the original version. I did not see too much of a difference between the two but the word choice in the young reader’s edition is easier to read. This is nice because you can read the same book but be able to understand it better if you are younger. I thought this was a great book! Below are a few ratings and where you can buy it.

“Remarkable…A must-read first-person account of Malala’s journey through global terrorism, her brave, encouraging parents, and her own fight for girl’s education.” – Marie Claire

“Ms. Yousafzai has single-handedly turned the issue of the right of girls -and all children- to be educated in headline news. And she is a figure worth hearing.” – Isabel Berwick, Financial Times

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