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The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
By Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

I Am Malala is the courageous memoir of Malala Yousafzai, a Pashtun girl from Pakistan’s Swat Valley, born of an illiterate mother, who read Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” by age 11.  Co-written with British journalist Christina Lamb, it begins with Malala's drive home from school on that fateful day in October 2012. "Who is Malala?" shouted a Taliban fighter as he jumped onto a school bus. The school girls, who were travelling home from school, did not answer.  But everyone in the valley knew who Malala was. Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, had campaigned passionately since the age of 11 for the right of girls to have an education. She was shot in the head at point-blank range for speaking out about her right to attend school.

Disfigured beyond recognition, Malala was first rushed to Peshawar, then finally sent to Birmingham, England, “where doctors reconstructed her damaged skull and knit back the shattered face.”

A competitive teenager, who once blogged for BBC Urdu under the pen name Gul Makai , Malala was feted around the globe for her intelligence, conviction, and bravery, and became the youngest-ever nominee for the Nobel peace prize.

She now lives in the UK, attends school there, and has recently been awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize for her inspirational work and courage. The Malala Fund, led by Malala herself, has been set up to support the fight for girls’ rights to education.

However, the book also reveals her father’s exceptional courage and his belief in the right of every child to education. He struggled to found a school and named his daughter after Malalai of Maiwand, the “Pashtun  Joan of Arc, who gathered Afghan men in 1880 to defeat the British, losing her own life in the process,” and raised her like a son.

Despite the Taliban infiltration in her hometown, Malala would go to school with her books hidden under her shawl. She continued to study and excel, eventually giving public speeches on behalf of education that her father would help write.



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