Girls need more heroes like Malala! I was amazed by her courage and conviction, and it was so humbling to read about her thirst and quest for education. Her father and mother were both inspirational in their willingness to let their young daughter pursue her passion and be the voice for change and goodness. The beginning was a bit slow and there were times when her teenage girl voice would shine through, but for me it made it all the more incredible as I realized that someone so young, in such an oppressed situation could literally change the world. It made me grateful to be a woman in American with limitless opportunity and I loved sharing the story with my boys before the start of the school year. I love reading about real role-models doing great things.
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Goodreads.com summary: 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 has become 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