Skip to main content

Book Review: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai for Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day, and I am joining with nearly 2,000 other blogs around the world to talk about Human Rights. Since this is a book blog, I thought it would be best to talk about human rights from the perspective of a book. At first, I was going to read Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It's been on my shelf for a few years now after a friend recommended it. I started reading it, but soon I was drawn to another book that was just published last week.


I Am Malala is an autobiography by Malala Yousafzai, a young girl from the Swat Valley in Pakistan. The subtitle of the book sums it up well: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. By the time she was 11 years old, Malala had become an advocate for education, doing interviews with journalists to try to make a difference. She says, "In my heart was the belief that God would protect me. If I am speaking for my rights, for the rights of girls, I am not doing anything wrong. It's my duty to do so. God wants to see how we behave in such situations. There is a saying in the Quran, 'The falsehood has to go and the truth will previal.'"  (p141)

Her father owned a school where both boys and girls could be educated. But he faced much opposition by the Taliban who insisted girls should be hidden away in their homes and not educated. They watched as the Taliban destroyed other schools throughout Pakistan. They feared what would happen to their own school, but did not back down. Malala and her father continued to speak up for the right of education. As her father said, "My only ambition is to educate my children and my nation as much as I am able. But when half of your leaders tell lies and the other half is negotiating with the Taliban, there is nowhere to go. One has to speak out." (p216)

Of course, as the subtitle declares, Malala was eventually shot by the Taliban for speaking out. The soldiers entered the school bus, asked which girl was Malala, and then shot her in the head. She survived and has become even stronger and more powerful than before. She continues her fight for the education of all children ~ boys and girls.

I Am Malala is a powerful book about an amazing young woman. The beginning of the book is filled with history lessons ~ about Malala's family as well as Swat and Pakistan. She provides much detail about the rulers of the country and the different rules imparted on citizens under each. I will say there is some repetition at times, and it's a bit hard to keep up with all of the details. The story picks up pace more in the second part.

I would highly recommend I Am Malala for adults and teens. Not only will it offer some historical information, but it also provides a glimpse into a very different culture from the perspective of a teenager. And it will show teens that they can have a voice and make a difference even at their young age.

Be sure to check out other blogs about Human Rights by visiting the Blog Action Day website or check out #BAD2013 or #humanrights on Twitter.

Comments

  1. i read it n came to the conclusion that there is nothing special just a kind of autobiography n mixture of inpirational thingy n all that kinda stuff

    ReplyDelete
  2. I've been so impressed by the times I've heard Malala speak. I am looking forward to reading her story!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Someone just donated this book to my middle school library! Can't wait to read and share it with my students :-)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…

Book Review: No Story to Tell by KJ Steele

Victoria has been put down since the day she was born. First by her parents who were disappointed that she survived while her twin brother died. Then by her verbally abusive husband and his low-life friends. But soon an intriguing artist named Elliott arrives in town and starts encouraging Victoria to follow her dream of opening her own dance studio. She also begins to receive phone calls from a mysterious someone who gets her to open up about her past and face her true feelings.

In No Story to Tell, KJ Steele has captured the small-town atmosphere and brought these characters to life. From the victimized Victoria, to her drunk and obnoxious husband Bobby and his drunk and obnoxious friends, to all the side characters who you'd expect to encounter in a town like this ~ all are so realistic in both their actions and their voices. She has written a compelling story of an abused woman who thinks she is trapped in this loveless, miserable existence. But then she finds a spark of hope…

Book Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Title: I See You
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Genre: thriller
Published: February 21, 2017
Format: ebook (NetGalley)
Source: publisher
Buy on Amazon(affiliate link)


Have you ever felt like someone was watching you? You will after reading Clare Mackintosh's latest release I See You. Told from the perspectives of two women, one who appears to be targeted by a criminal and the other who is the police officer working the case, this psychological thriller will have you looking over your own shoulder by the end.

Zoe is a typical working mother who takes the Underground through London to her office every day. Like most commuters, she has a routine that she follows every day, leaving home at the same time, sitting in the same train car, taking the same route to work from the station. It's habit. But she starts to realize this may not be a good idea after seeing her own photo in an advertisement in the newspaper. Another woman who appears in the advertisement is murdered and Zoe starts to ge…