I Am Malala By: Katherine Weathington

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This book was written by Malala Yousafzai with the assistance of Partrica McCormick

Published by Hachette Book Company

This is Malala

Early Years

Malala Yousafzai was born in Pakistan to her father Ziauddin and Toor Peai. Do you have brothers, Khushal and Atal. Malala grew up in and lived in Swat Valley, which is northwest Pakistan, also where her father owns a bo and girl school. In Pakistan, women are treated very differently, they have to wear covering clothing, walk behind their husbands, are not seen as important as men, and usually not able to go to school because of some peoples beliefs. Then after a terrible earthquake in 2005, people needed help and the Taliban was their "saving grace", but then started turning radical with the help of Maulana Fazulah,who believed girls should not be educated.

Why is she important?

Well, During Malala's lifetime, she was a proud Pakistan girl who, with the help of her father, wanted to raise awareness to girl's education. She persued this by talking at school asymablies and their little tv channels, such as the Dawn and Khyber News. While gaining support, Malala starting being heard not just in Pakistan, but people all over the world started hearing her and her message. Finally, she had a huge chance to let every single person hear of the tradgidy going on in her country because of the Taliban. She was chosen to write an anonymous diary for the BBC about the events happening in Pakistan under the name Gul Makia. Also, on July 12, 2013 Malala addressed the United Nations in New York for calling on free education for all children. She won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 10, 2014.

Negative Aspects of her Life

In Pakistan, being a girl in school, Malala experienced a special kind of segregation, the Taliban did not think that women deserve education. So, they blow up schools, and are in a war with the government. The Taliban, also, constantly warns her father about his school being a disgrace and that they will come after him if not a cancel women from attending.

The Influence Malala has on the World

Malala is a very influential, impressive, and brave woman. She was one of the people who helped open the world to the horror that the Taliban was causing in Pakistan. She influenced other girls to keep going to school even when they were scared. Malala risked being killed to speak up for what she believed in. Thankfully, she did not die when the Taliban shot her, they thought they had silenced her, but really they just gave her a microphone.


I would definitely recommend this book to others because it is eye-opening, inspiring, and I think if ou have not heard Malala's story out definitely should.


Created with images by DFID - UK Department for International Development - "Malala Yousafzai: Education for girls" • Southbank Centre London - "Malala Yousafzai" • Pexels - "audio classic gold"

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