I dedicate this book to all children to let them know about Malala's story and to help them understand that in life sometimes you have to fight for what is right but good will come out of it. Also that education is not a reality for everyone but it should be you should also be thankful for your education. without education I would not be righting this.


Malala Yousafzai, a truly amazing young women, is an amazing and inspiring advocate for girls education. Ever since she was a young girl she would love to sit on her father's lap and listen to his stories. Her dad was a strong man and a man of his words.

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Malala's dad, Pekai Yousafzai, believed in education for girls and made sure Malala knew of it. But school for girls was not always easy to achieve in Pakistan, especially now.

Malala would wake up early every morning to attend school. It was pretty uncommon for girls to go to school in Mingora, Pakistan located in the country's Swat Valley where Malala lived. So Malala took pride in marching off to school every morning with her two older brothers.

When Malala walked home from school she often saw many tourists, who came from all over the world, especially during the summer to witness the breathtaking summer festivals. Everywhere she turned her head there were smiles and bright colors. Her smile grew as she walked down the joyful streets.

But that all changed. The Taliban, were taking over the government. They were like a vacuum that sucked out all the joy and happiness out.

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One by one things were being banned, and soon dancing, watching television and girls to go to school became prohibited.

Malala heard that schools were being closed down. But she still woke up that morning ready to go to school. As she turned the corner to her school she saw that it was demolished! There was a big red sign across it saying CLOSED, because it was a girls school, and the Taliban did not want girls to be attending school.

She stared down at her feet wondering why? Why? Why? Her school had been bombed. The Taliban destroyed about 400 other schools.

Malala was not ok with this!

Everyone should be able to go to school. She knew that her dad had raised her to think this way. Everyone deserves an education!

She had to do something about it so as soon as she got home at the age of 11 she started a blog. She titled her first entry “I am afraid,” She wrote about the war, her fears and how it felt like she was living a nightmare. But worst of all there was no school for her to go to.

Malala also gave a moving speech in Peshawar, Pakistan. "How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?" was the title of the incredible young women's speech.

Soon after she wrote this she had to leave her home to find safety. Her town was no longer a town, it was chaos.

There were weapons lying everywhere, and buildings were just bricks and girls schools were non existent.

When it was safe enough to go home, she did. As soon as she was home she was sure that she was going to get back her education. She continued to write blog posts.

Her dad started a small education program for Malala and her friends. So they learned in secret.

Soon CNN news found her blog, which made her world wide. She won the International Children's Peace Prize and Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize.

Butterflies crept through out her stomach and a smile came upon her face. This could not be real. Her? Malala Yousafzai? Winning two awards. She was very happy and her father was proud of her. Now she had a voice. People were listening to her, understanding her struggles and her fear.

But she still had no official schooling. She did not like this.

Now she had to ride in a van to the place where her dad taught her and her friends.

Now she used the van was used as armor to stay safe.

Now she was hiding.

Now her “school” was what felt like a buried in a closet away from the rest of the world.

Attending school now was more dangerous than ever.

When the van was coming home one day, a Taliban fighter stopped the van. He was dressed in all black with his eyes peeking out of his mask.“Who is Malala” he demanded.

“Speak up otherwise I will shoot you all” he demanded again.

All the girls in the van were astonished. Unsure they glanced at Malala as she raised her hand. The Taliban pulled out a gun from his back pocket and BANG. Blood gushed down Malala’s face.

Malala was in a dreadful condition, because of this she was flown to a military hospital in Peshawar. There a portion of her skull was removed to treat her swelling brain.

Since she was in such bad condition she was transferred to Birmingham, England to get special care. Doctors and nurses flew past her like nervous bees to save the young woman's life.

Time passed, Malala got better and she started to heal.

Now she is one of the most powerful young women in the world.

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On Malala's 16 birthday, she stood before the world's greatest leaders, now stronger than ever. “They thought bullets would silence us, but they failed… One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world,” Malala said.

The taliban tried to take away her happiness.

They tried to take away her education.

They tried to take away her learning.

But they failed.

Malala learned so much during this portion of her life and learning is what she stands for.

Malala Yousafzai is a learner and will continue to be a learner for the rest of her life.

authors note


This topic is important to me because I believe that education is the answer to poverty and a lot of other world problems. I believe this because when people are educated they understand others, and their differences which would lead to every one understanding all humans. Also with education people will have a better future ahead. To help Malala educate others you can help out at .

This is a very fascinating quote from Malala's dad, “Don’t ask me what I did. Ask me what I did not do. I did not clip her wings, and that’s all.” This is Ziauddin Yousafzai’s answer when people ask why his daughter Malala is so courageous. This quote shows that Malala’s family was very supportive and without the support of her family she would probably would not have done what she has done. Something else that I find interesting about the story of Malala is that her dad was an activist too. Something that surprised me was in all my research that I never found much on Malala’s mom.

One other quote from Malala’s dad, “This plight of millions of women could be changed if women and men think differently,” he goes on to say, “if they can break a few norms of family and society, if they can abolish the discriminatory laws of the systems in their states that go against basic human rights of the women.” This quote from Malala is very touching because it obviously comes from there heart. This is one of the reasons that I chose Malala to write about. Another reason that I chose Malala is because I know quite a lot about her because of my family discussions. Therefore I had some prior knowledge which made me feel connected to my advocate.

The exact date that Malala got shot was on October 9, 2012, when she was 15 years old. This is devastating and heart breaking to me because I think no one should ever be harmed because of what they believe in especially for wanting to go to school. Also Malala was just a kid when this happened to her.

about the author

Bella Boot

Gabrielle Grace Boot (but she goes by Bella Boot) was born in Belgium and grew up in Shanghai, Canada Budapest, Beijing and Singapore. She is 12 years old and half Canadian and half dutch, but she lives in Singapore. She lives with her mom, dad and older sister. Her sister in in 11 grade and is a swimmer. She also has a older brother but now he is in college in Canada. She enjoys playing touch and art she also likes being with friends in. Her favorite subjects are movement and drama also PE.

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