I Am Malala

All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one


The Taliban took control of Pakistan. They set up a radio broadcast and started telling people to burn their books, their CD's and DVD's, and to keep the girls away from schools and return back to the old ways of Islam. But one girl named Malala Yousafzai spoke out. Malala refused to be silent and fought for women rights to get an education. Malala was shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home from school. Malala said,"I don't want to be thought of as the girl who was shot by the Taliban but the girl who fought for education,"(Page 309). Malala recovered and now has taken her to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At 16 she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Noble Piece Prize.

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Character Analysis

Malala has many leadership qualities and she uses them to change the views of people around her. Malala showed a great amount of courage by speaking out against the Taliban in support of girls right to education. Malala said, "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," (Chapter 11, Page 141). Malala has a good sense of justice and wants to change the world for better. Malala would give interviews and write diary entries for the BBC website about life under the Taliban.


Malala is facing a very tough conflict. Malala has been going against the Taliban's rule of females can't have an education. Character vs. Society: The Taliban are trying to do there best to keep Malala out of school without hurting her but one day the Taliban go on her bus and shoot her in the head, because all she wants is to go to school and learn. She also faces Character vs. Self: She has now been threatened, and approached by the Taliban to not go to school, but Malala wants to get her education, so one of the days that she rides the bus, teh Taliban fire bullets and Malala was shot in the head. She is now not just fighting for her rights to go to school, but now she is fighting for her life.
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Malala in the Hospital

This is Malala in the hospital after she got shot in the head by a Taliban soldier.She is also next to her mom, Ziauddin Yousafzai, her dad, Tor Pekai Yousafzai, and her 2 brothers, Khushal and Atal.


The theme of the story "I Am Malala" is. Malala is a young 15 year old girl who wants to go to school and get an education, but the Taliban do not believe in females getting an education. Malala believes different. Malala believes that everybody no matter skin color, poor or rich, male or female, should get an education.

Textual Evidence

The most powerful part of the book was when Malala spoke out for women's rights to get an education. It was powerful because Malala had enough courage to go fight against the Taliban even though she was at risk of getting killed. My favorite quote was, "Taliban are not our rulers. It's my life; how I live it is my choice." I thought it was meaningful because it shows how Malala is not scared to go up against the Taliban and that she is standing up for herself and will not the way other people want her to live.

Book Review

I would rate the book "I Am Malala" a 3 out of 5. The reason i rated it a 3 is because the book was a little boring, there was no true action before and after she got shot and it was a repeating story through each chapter.

Multi-Media Sources

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"Malala's Journey from near Death to Recovery." CNN. Cable News Network, 30 Jan. 2013. Web. 13 May 2016.

"2013 UN Human Rights Prize Conferred on Malala." The New Indian Express. IANS- ISLAMBAD, 11 Dec. 2013. Web. 13 May 2016.

"I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban #Giveaway - 5 Minutes for Mom." 5 Minutes for Mom. Jancie and Susan, 17 Nov. 2013. Web. 13 May 2016.