I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
I Am Malala is a nonfiction account of Malala Yousafzai, a girl who spoke out when the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan. Malala refused to be silenced, and I Am Malala chronicles how she fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was just fifteen years old, she was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school. Few expected her to survive, but 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 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. Malala's story will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.
Topics covered in this book include women's rights, bravery, freedom, politics, life under the Taliban, Islam, education, family, and loss.
Lexile Measure: 1000L
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©2015. Middle school, high school. 5 x 8 inches. Softcover. 368 pages.