My 11-year old son read this and was so touched and inspired by Malala's story. He normally only likes to read sci-fi, so I was shocked when he came back to me after reading the book with tears in his eyes, saying how grateful and inspired this book was for him. Nothing has ever moved him the way this story did. I highly recommend this story to any Tweens and teens. It is sure to inspire empathy and understanding.
I like using this sometimes with the novel in class. Malala voices the opening and then another person takes over. It helps students feel more comfortable with the language and get a better sense of how to say things. The only thing is I wish she read more quickly. The pace was a little slow and I noticed a lot of kids skipping ahead. The second reader has a faster pace.
This is a great, inspiring story that every girl should read. My 9 year old read it in her book club and all the girls were inspired by Malala and could also relate to her. She describes herself and her thoughts in such a way that the reader understands Malala, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, to be a real, young girl with a silly and real side as well. The content, while disturbing at times, was written gently for a young audience. It serves to educate a young audience about an important aspect of the world without overburdening a young reader with too much suffering and negativity.The book offered my daughter an opportunity to learn, ask questions, and be inspired by a Arabic young girl so much like her American, white, and Filipino self.
Wonderful, informative read. It was fully accessible to my 3rd-grader as a read-aloud, and we were thrilled to be reading it when the announcement came that she'd won this year's Nobel Peace Prize. The text is clear and engaging, and the photos are beautiful and informative, too. I've heard a few brief interviews with Malala, and her voice comes through loud and clear in the text. Both mother and son came away with a new appreciation for struggles others face in the world.
What a great way to share Malala's life with students. We used this book as a optional book club selection for 4th and 5th graders. They were so intrigued to learn about her, having heard her name on the news. We were excited to read how she was a regular girl, and family member, but how she had the strength and courage to stand up for herself and other girls, regardless of the personal danger this raised. Her voice is very clear, and my students felt like they "got to know her" well. It made them realize that they too could raise their "voices" and become self advocates in their own lives.
This book is probably most appropriate for younger teens. But it is written with enough maturity and introspection to engage and entertain readers of all ages. Malala could be Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or of any faith. Her message in a nutshell is that we're really not as different as we think, and that education should be considered a universal right, not a privilege. Education is in fact a key element of achieving something like world peace and harmony, perhaps more so than force of arms.
Malala is a Pashtun girl that lived in Mingora the largest city in Swat Valley, Pakistan. Her father started a school three years before she was born, that she attends. Every day she would observe the women that would wear burqas and gloves and not show a bit of skin, but Malala and her mother only wore head scarves. Many girls did not go to school. Some men would say “Why send a girl to school?” “She doesn’t need an education to run a house.”
One day there was a 7.6 earthquake that left northern parts of Pakistan devastated.The government was slow to arrive, but the religious islamic group came immediately led by Sufi Mohammad and his son-in-law Fazlullah. Religious leaders called Mullahs, preached it was a warning from God. They said that if they did not change their ways to Islamic Religious Law more severe punishment would come. The country was vulnerable since the earthquake made it easier for someone with bad intentions to use the country’s fear for his gain.
One day Malala was walking with her friend to school one day and a man across the street stared at them. Then one night he came with six elders to her house and told Malala’s father to close down the school. People thought it was un-Islamic for girls to go to school. The elders were supposedly on the side of Fazlullah that was running an illegal radio broadcast, which said things about who he thought was un-Islamic. Malala’s father did not listen or close the school. People were killed for not obeying Fazlullah. Police and the government could not stop him. They were not even allowed to watch television. Girls were dropping out of school everyday, because it was unsafe. Her father got a letter from the Taliban, Malala’s father replied the next day, and his full name and school address appeared in the newspaper. A friend of Malala’s father called, and said “Now many people will have the courage to speak up.” People still did not speak up. There were bombings all over, and many thousands of men from the Taliban army were fighting. Malala’s father still spoke out against the Taliban. A television crew arrived at her school and interviewed the girls. That was Malala’s chance to speak, and she did. In 2008 Swat Valley was being attacked Malala spoke to local and national TV channels, radios, and newspapers. One afternoon she heard her father on the phone talking to a friend that worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation network (BBC). They were looking for someone who could write a diary about life under the Taliban. A few girls wanted to do it, but their parents thought it was to risky. So Malala asked to do it, and her parents approved. She talked on the phone with the BBC correspondent and he suggested Malala to use a fake name. Her first entry appeared on January 3, 2009. It was on the internet for the whole world to see which was a good thing. Her next entry was about the killings. Her school was eventually shut down. Malala was very sad but her father said she would still do school at her house. The school reopened four days later. Her father wanted her to improve on her English so she watched a DVD of journalists and a TV program called Ugly Betty. The government imposed a peace deal with the Taliban but it was not working. In October 2011 Malala was nominated for the International Peace Prize Of Kids Rights. In 2012 she got a death threat from the Taliban. One of her father’s close friend was shot, but he lived. One day coming home from school on the bus they turned off the main road at the army checkpoint as usual. The bus slowed to a halt and Malala didn’t remember anything after that. She was shot.
The author’s message in this book is that it is important to stand up for what you believe in. Malala’s father was told to close down the school, but he didn’t and he also spoke out against the Taliban. Malala talked on national and local TV, radio broadcasts, and newspapers to speak up for girls education. Malala also did interviews and she was nominated for the International Peace Prize Of Kids Rights.
I give this book four stars because, it is great read. It is very interesting and it’s a book you don’t want to put down. I Am Malala is an inspiring book, because she stood up and spoke up for girls rights and education. I would recommend this book to others who like non-fiction, reality, informational stories, and biographies. I think this book is appropriate for ages 12 and up.
This is a great book for young girls to read or anyone for that matter I bought it for my 11 year old granddaughter but before she got to read it my wife read it and enjoyed. My granddaughter also read this book and enjoyed it as it is also very educational about real life.
Bought this for my 9 year-old granddaughter for Xmas. Before the evening was over, she'd already read the first few dozen pages. It was one of her favorite gifts! I'd recently read the adult edition and knew it was a story that I wanted my brave and creative girl to read. I'm very happy I made that choice. Obviously, some of the cultural-specific language is a bit difficult but overall it is incredibly engaging at an advanced reading level for a pre-teen or young adult. And it is so much more than the tale of Malala getting shot by the Taliban. It is a wonderful history of Pakistan, the history of the Swat Valley, the cultural differences that permeate that region of the world, the importance of education, the role parents play in helping children develop strong values, and more.
How can the recounting of an experience like this be anything less than awesome? Simply written so even young readers can understand. Not only did I relive Malala's experience, I finally understand what has happened in Pakistan over the past twenty years.