I Am Malala

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Written By: Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
Narrated By: Archie Panjabi
Publisher: Hatchette Book Group USA
Duration: 9 Hours 57 Minutes

Book Rating: stars_5






“I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.”

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school…Read more.

User Reviews

Evelyn S.

stars_4 Amazing story. It’s hard to believe that this is true, though I know it is. I ate up every word and felt incredibly empowered by the force of  a young woman who isn’t afraid to stand up to the horrible terrorism and human rights violations in her community. An inspiring listen!



Lisa M.

stars_4-5 Great historical perspective on the Swat Valley region makes this book accessible for a US reader. I thought the context really helped show the intricacies of family life in her situation. Loved how her Dad helped to prop her up and encourage her to be a free and independent thinker. Wonderful story.



Anna P.

stars_3-5 Unbelievably true story of a girl who stood up to the Taliban and became one of the world’s best known human rights advocates in the process. I’ve been to Pakistan and have seen a small fraction of the abuses that go on there, so this book really hit home. 


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I Am Malala Audio Book Summary

The book I am Malala is based on a young woman that fought for the rights to education for women, when this important right was removed by the Taliban. Born in the year 1997, her father and mother both came from Shangla a remote area in Pakistan. Her birth was no celebration as she came out a girl instead of a boy and because the family was so poor they had no funds for an extravagant feast. She was named Malala by her father after a brave woman who was the leader of troops in the battle in 1880 against the British.

i am malala audio book quoteMalala’s mom was illiterate, however her dad was a fantastic speaker and became involved in various political, social and environmental causes in the region. He became a teacher and opened schools with business partners and friends. Her father opened these schools to boys as well as girls in a phase whereby the majority of women were illiterate and usually had no inclinations to pursue education. He was the one who encouraged Malala to become independent and learn opposed to a wife who is humble, has children, cleans and cooks and stays in the home.

Dramatic changes occurred in this region when the Taliban arrived. They set up broadcasts that instructed the people to burn their DVDís, CDís and books and to make sure girls were not allowed to attend school and to return to the older Islam ways. Pakistan recently had been affected by natural disasters, huge floods and earthquakes and the people began to believe they were being punished and began to believe in what the Taliban told them.

Malala continued her schooling and began to conduct interviews that promoted education along with womenís rights. She may have been only a young child but she spoke the truth and from her heart and soon many people began to listen and she received a number of awards.

On her way home on a school bus one day in 2012, Malala was shot in her head by a young man that stopped the bus. He also wounded two other girls that happened to get in the way. She was first taken into a local hospital but her condition became dire and she was soon moved to one of the military hospitals. She was then taken to England were she spent a lot of time receiving surgical procedures and recovering from these drastic wounds. She was offered international support and visited by many important individuals. Her firm dedication attracted much attention across the globe and thousands of individuals wrote letters and sent gifts.

Her and her family stay in England, despite the fact that they would love to go home to the Swat Valley. She continued to give speeches to international organizations along with the UN that promote the rights of women for access to education. She has become internationally acclaimed and is involved to this day in freedom-of-speech and womení causes and education.