Friday, October 25, 2013

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, fifteen-year-old, Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban. Malala along with some of her classmates were traveling in a truck on their way to school.
When the Taliban took control of Pakistan, they didn't think girls should get an education. Women couldn't go outside without a male to accompany her. Many women accepted that their role was to serve men.

But Malala didn't agree with this. She thought it was important for women to get an education. She wanted more for both herself and other girls in Pakistan.

This is Malala's story. I found all the background information on Pakistan fascinating. I knew what was going on in Pakistan from the news, but reading this first hand account made it come alive for me. It's hard to believe that people are living like this in 2013.

Malala also paints a beautiful picture of her country. She loved living in Pakistan, a land with waterfalls, mountains, and streams. But when Malala was ten, the Taliban came to her valley. People had to get rid of their cell phones, CDs, DVDs, and televisions. Life changed for everyone.

This can be an emotionally difficult book to read, but Malala's spirit shines through every page. I will always remember her.

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