I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)

by Malala Yousafzai

Other authorsPatricia McCormick (Contributor)
Hardcover, 2014



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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2014), Edition: Young Readers ed., 240 pages. $17.00. (Jan 2018).


"I Am Malala. This is my story. Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school. Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school. No one expected her to survive. Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world -- and did. Malala's powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person -- one young person -- can inspire change in her community and beyond. "--… (more)


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240 p.; 6 inches

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(Review of British edition, "Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World.") Firstly, I would like to start off by saying that this was the most inspiring autobiography I have ever read. ... The book starts off by talking about Malala's childhood and how everything was normal
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and how happy her life was until the Taliban showed up. ... I would recommend anyone to read this book because it really opened my eyes and made me more aware of what atrocities were happening in the outside world. ... I would give it five stars out of five because it was just amazing, fascinating and extremely interesting.
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(Review of British edition, "Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World.") ... Written together with Patricia McCormick, an American journalist and two-time National Book Award finalist, the book is a young readers' edition of the autobiography released in October 2013. ...
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The juxtaposition of issues such as terrorism and the political turmoil in her country with prosaic concerns such as not being tall enough does not let the reader forget that this is, essentially, the story of a young girl. ... Ms Yousafzai's father not only comes across as a mentor to his daughter, but also the guardian angel who asserted that his daughter "will live as free as a bird" to anyone who thought her rude or bold because of her outspoken nature. ... In the story of the girl who took a bullet for the cause of the insatiable desire to know more, we have a lesson on how noble ideas cannot ever be silenced.
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... There were a lot of things I didn't know about Malala before I read this book. ... This book gave me so much more insight into the life of a girl I thought I knew. It's a powerful read and might inspire some activism after the final pages. It certainly did for me. I can highly recommend reading
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this book. While it is considered the Young Readers Edition of Malala's original memoir, I don't think it lost anything in the retelling. It is gripping and occasionally hard to read, given the violent subject matter, but it is told in a voice that is easy for young people to latch on to. ... This book does an excellent job presenting Malala as a person --- as a teenage girl --- and not necessarily as the heroic figure we see on TV. ...
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(Starred review.) Adapted... from the adult bestseller, this inspiring memoir by activist Yousafzai sketches her brave actions to champion education in Pakistan under the Taliban. ... Yousafzai highlights the escalating tensions as the Taliban takes hold — including the strictures against girls
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attending school, the obliteration of Western influence, violence, and the eventual war — but also brings the universal to life as she quarrels with her brothers, treasures her best friend, and strives to earn top grades. A glossary, color photo inserts, and an extensive timeline help establish context. It's a searing and personal portrait of a young woman who dared to make a difference. Ages 10–up.
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Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot for her activism for girls’ education, tells her story for a middle-grade audience. Although billed as a “young readers edition” of Yousafzai’s 2013 book of the same name for adults, ...this is no simple redaction... [instead,] the account has been
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effectively rewritten specifically for children. ... Yousafzai’s voice is appealingly youthful, though it often tells rather than shows and frequently goes over the top: In her school, she writes, “we flew on wings of knowledge.” Still, young Western readers will come to understand the gulf that separates them from Yousafzai through carefully chosen anecdotes, helping them see what drives her to such lyrical extremes. Unfortunately, much is lost in the translation from the adult book, presumably sacrificed for brevity and directness; most lamentable is social and political context. ... supplemented by contextualizing information, it [the book] should pack quite a wallop. (glossary) (Memoir. 10-14)
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... Many a kid, and many and adult, will find I AM MALALA an engaging, accessible introduction to Malala Yousafzai, education advocate, Nobel laureate, and 17 years old at the time of writing. It's an inspiring look at what one person can do to stand up to wrongdoers and make things better -- and
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also a fascinating window into daily life in a culture that's very, very different from the reality of Western kids. It's also profoundly poignant, as Malala and her family are uprooted and have their lives changed beyond recognition, probably forever. ...
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User reviews

LibraryThing member Shardy2
I liked this book for many reasons. I liked the main message within the story and how Malala's desire to learn was apparent throughout the text. The main message is to never lose that determination no matter what obstacles you are faced with. Malala is determined to fight for her own rights and
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even though she is doing what no one else dared to do, she stands her ground because she is determined to make change in her community and beyond. Her determination is what now makes her an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee. I like how the text illustrated how important Malala's education was to her. Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes in which is what lead her to fight for her right to be educated. Her will to fight for what she believed in was a very dangerous thing to do but yet she did it because of how strongly she felt about receiving her right to an education.
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LibraryThing member ComposingComposer
Malala Yousafzai is an amazing young woman. She is strong, feminine, vulnerable, brave, and afraid all at the same time. I can't imagine going through the things she went through, even before she was shot. The running, and being driven from her home, and the death threats. I didn't know all that
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much about her before I read this book, now I really admire her. The problem with books, and especially non-fiction books, is that reading them always makes me want to visit the countries where they take place, and Pakistan is far too dangerous at this time.
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LibraryThing member ChloeB.G1
This book is about a girl named Malala and her family's story. Malala lives in Pakistan.She had a very hard time during her childhood because the Taliban kept destroying her home town. She loved to go to school but couldn't when they destroyed her school, because they didn't think that girls should
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be educated. Malala and her family had to move to the mountains to where her cousins lived. Her town was destroyed because of the war. Malala was riding the bus home when she got shot in the head by a Taliban that was following her. She was flown to Birmingham in England. Malala and her family finally got settled in England after she got better.

I liked this book because it talked about a girl who believed something was right and just kept believing in her self. I feel that I can now have faith in the world that I am made to stay here and do all that I can to help.It made me think of what kind of school I go to.Around the world some kids have to be separated from the boys and the girls. I learned that people in different country's have to where different clothes than others. At the end there was a glossary so I could under stand what some of the words meant if I didn't know them. It made me happy that I could understand how different people can do different things, if they put there heart into it.
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LibraryThing member ShakelaWilliams
I thoroughly enjoyed reading I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for her Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick. This book follows the life of the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and her story. This book really forces the reader to understand
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what life is like for young women in Pakistan. From the start we see how misogyny is embedded in the culture. When Malala’s father says, “ When Malala is Prime Minister someday, you can be her secretary” and her younger brother responds “ No! She will be my secretary!” It shows that even her younger brother is aware that it isn’t typical for a woman to hold such power, and that a woman’s place is behind the scenes. I think this really helps the reader compare the treatment of women in their country to that of women in Pakistan. It also gets the reader thinking about gender equality. This book also gives a short synopsis of major events to provide the necessary background knowledge to understand the state of Pakistan Malala is living in. For instance on page 223, it states, “ 15, January 2009 Fazlullah announces all girls’ schools to close in Swat.” This gives the reader the opportunity to make sense of the current events that occurred in relation to what Malala experienced. Overall, I think the main idea of this book is to help readers understand the different life experiences of someone in a different country.
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LibraryThing member tinkerbellkk
This book was given to my daughter and she passed it along for me to read. Very simple read and an excellent book for anyone to see what really happens in Pakistan with relation to females and education. This story opened both our eyes about this courageous young woman's fight. The early story of a
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born leader was inspiring and certainly reminds us of how fortunate we are to live in a country where we have choices and freedom.
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LibraryThing member asomers
Read this and it will put the petty everyday concerns of your life into perspective. We take so much for granted. This young woman has been through so much and yet has such hope and grace and dignity. This was very inspirational.
LibraryThing member debnance
Malala was unlucky enough to be born in a country where girls were told they could not attend school. Malala was courageous enough to take a stand against this. Malala was unfortunate enough to be the victim of those who do not want girls to get an education. Malala was fortunate enough to live
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through the bombing.

We are lucky to have Malala in the world, championing the rights of girls.
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LibraryThing member Salsabrarian
Compared to American children, Malala is almost impossibly earnest about pursuing her education and maintaining her top place in the class. But it's that trait that keeps her believing in her mission, of opening education and opportunities for all girls. An inspirational biography for older
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elementary and middle school readers.
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LibraryThing member nphernetton
This book is an inspiratonal story of Malala, a girl who stands up for her beliefs and rights. Even though her world is changed drastically when the Taliban shows up in Pakistan, she pushes through. Her story is told very well, and will keep your nose deep in the book until you have finished. This
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version is great for kids age 9-14.
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LibraryThing member ewyatt
Malala is an inspiration. In her memoir she talks about her early life and family. She recounts her work on the cause of girl's education and the changing climate of Pakistan during her growing up years as the Taliban grew in power and influence.
Even with death threats against her, she continued
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to speak out for what she believed.
The book details her shooting, recovery, and aftermath.
The Young Readers' Edition is a quick, accessible read.
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LibraryThing member lillibrary
Listened to this as an audiobook. Malala herself only narrates the introduction, but her speech to the UN assembly is recorded in its entirety at the end. The last disc is pdf content that provides pictures of Malala and her family, presumably the same photos that are available in the book.

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autobiography, cowritten with noted YA author Patricia McCormick, shows Malala's life both before and after her attempted assassination so listeners get a good dose of her early childhood and the rhythms of her daily life before the Taliban make their appearance in the Swad Valley. It's pretty clear from the outset that Malala is not raised as the majority of girls in Pakistan are, due in large part to her father, and she refers many times to his courage and beliefs as the foundation for her own convictions.
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LibraryThing member RLeiphart
We all know the story from what we heard and watched on the news. This book, however, brings the culture of Pakistan and attitudes toward girls, women and education to life. Growing up in Pakistan, her father was not like the traditional fathers. He honored his daughter and encouraged her to follow
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her dreams, allowing her to not cover her face, as was required. He ran a school for girls and Malala attended and excelled. As the Taliban became more powerful in their region, he was threatened for not following the strict shiria laws. The culture was very oppressive for girls and women. They could not leave the house without a male relative; they should not go to school; they needed to cover every inch of their bodies when they left the house. Malala refused to follow this repressive religious law. She spoke out about the importance of education for girls, and for this, she was shot in the forehead one day after school. The Taliban had hoped this would silence her, but instead, it brought her voice to the world. The book follows her recovery and briefly, her Nobel Peace Prize experience. This book is perfect for a unit on change-makers, heroes, diversity, women's rights, biographies.
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LibraryThing member PattyHoward
I am Malala is another gripping biography that will appeal to students-- particularly middle school age girls. Her story is absolutely amazing, and her voice is compelling. Perhaps the amazing thing is how much girls in the US will relate to her. My daughter read this book in a single night.
LibraryThing member TiffanyAK
Yes, I opted for the abbreviated young readers edition of this one, mostly because I was already pretty familiar with her story and didn't want to go through it at length again. That being said, it's a very good book by a young woman with a great deal to say about the education of girls, and who
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almost paid with her life for the right to say it.
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LibraryThing member dbailey25
This is great book. Could be great for a unit.
LibraryThing member MHanover10
What an amazing story and human being. I remember when Malala was shot and was shocked that someone would do such an act of violence towards someone who just wanted an education. I've seen her on the Daily Show and Malala is a very well spoken and smart individual. It was also brave of her father
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and mother to want her to get an education. I listened to the audio book, which was probably better for me as I wouldn't have been able to pronounce all the names. I highly recommend this book and I'm looking forward to seeing the movie. I hope she continues to make a difference in this world that is increasingly experiencing more hate crimes every day. Her story always makes me wonder why we all just can't get along.

Pick it up and educate yourself. I know I learned a lot from this book.
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LibraryThing member sep780
This girl is amazing. I don't think it'd have her strength & courage, esp when it comes to facing the Taliban.
LibraryThing member jennybeast
It is an extraordinary gift to hear the story of a person like Malala in her own words -- not least because she is so very human and so aware of it -- funny, thoughtful, competitive, committed. I hope for our world's sake that she leads us all into a better place.






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