I Am Malala

By Nickayla Wiggins

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Who Is Malala?

Malala Yousafzai is a normal Pashtun girl who loves many different things. She loves cupcakes, the color pink, her family, and especially her education. She loved being able to go to school everyday, being able to wear her school uniform, and spend time with her friends. She values her education a lot, loves being happy, and wishes that everyone would be able to have an education too and be happy too. "To each and every human being with a smile of true happiness is my wish." Pg 193. Though she may have faced some dark days in her life, she was able to overcome them and continue her life with confidence and determination.

Summary

The book "I Am Malala" is about a girl named Malala who believed that everyone should be able to have an education. Malala loved to learn and went to school everyday with her friends. That ended when the Taliban declared that girls who were a certain age were not allowed to go to school. Naturally, Malala was very upset and spoke against the new rule. With help from her family, she was able to get her message out to the world. Sadly on her way home from school, she was shot by a member of the Taliban. Though it's sad that this happened, it's a miracle that she's still alive. After being in a coma for a while, she finally woke up and realized that she was in a strange place with people that she didn't know. She was at a hospital in Birmingham, England. After a nurse explained what happened to her and how she got there, Malala was given a journal. Sense she couldn't talk, she had to write her feelings down instead. Eventually, her family arrived to see her which made her feel better. Eventually, after many surgeries and months in the hospital, she was finally able to leave. Sense it wasn't safe to go back home to Pakistan, they found a place to live in Birmingham, where she currently resides. Even though the Taliban shot her, Malala continues to speak out about education for all and will not stop until her goal is achieved. "My journey has not been easy, but I have always believed that truth and goodness will prevail and am thankful above all to be able to speak for those who cannot." Pg 197

Malala vs. Society

Malala went through a lot of problems when it came to what society thought about girls getting an education. Sometimes when she and her friends were walking to school, people would give them dirty looks or say rude things to them. They still continued to go to school, not caring what anyone else thought. After a rule was made saying that girls couldn't go to school, Malala and many other girls were upset. They valued their education and thought that everyone deserved one. So it was decided to have a secret school. The girls wouldn't wear their school uniforms and they would have to wear their street clothes instead. Malala stood up for girl's rights and education for all. People would send her death threats, but she still continued to use her voice. One day on her way home from school, a member of the Taliban shot Malala. She spent many weeks in the hospital and had to go through many surgeries. Through all this, she continued to stay strong, which is what she still does today. "The Taliban shot me to try to try to silence me. Instead, the whole world was listening to my message now." Pg 164
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Theme

"I Am Malala" tells readers to let your voice be heard. You shouldn't let anyone shut down your goals, dreams, aspirations, etc. Malala wasn't afraid to stand up for what she believed in, even when she continued to get threats, she didn't let that stop her from getting her message out. She wanted to go to school, and wasn't going to let anyone get in the way of that. " You were the one who said if we believe in something greater than our lives,then our voices will only multiply. We can't stop now." Pg 119

"I Am Malala" also opens the eyes of readers to see what others have to go through when it comes to getting an education. When it comes to school, most people would rather stay home and relax. Kids in America are so blessed to have things like new books, laptops, smartboards, and so much more. Kids in Pakistan love having the chance to go to school and learn something new. They don't have any of the things that Americans have. When it comes to Christmas Break, everyone is excited to leave. When it was time for Christmas Break at Malala's school, she and her friends were the total opposite of excited. They were sad because they thought it would be the last time they would be able to go to school because of the new law. From having to sneak to school to being criticized for going to school, kids who are blessed to have the opportunity to go to school should realize that they should be grateful for what they have.

Textual Evidence

A powerful moment in the book "I Am Malala" is Chapter 8: No One is Safe. Malala and her family were sitting in their living room watching Benazier Bhutto, the first female prime minister of Pakistan. As a woman, she was a female role model for girls like Malala. She was the only politician who had the courage to speak out against the terrorists.

After one of Benazier Bhutto's speeches she sat on top of her bullet proof car and waved to her audience. While she was on the car, someone shot her. Sense the speech was broadcast on live television, everyone saw this take place.

While most of the people in Malala's living room burst into tears, Malala realized that no one was safe. As she sat with her family in shock, an idea came to her. "Why don't you go there and fight for women's rights? Fight to make Pakistan a better place?" Pg 55

This was an important quote to me because it was the beginning of Malala's dream to make the world a better place. It was the beginning of something that would impact people everywhere.

Rating

I would give this book 5 stars. This book deserves 5 stars because it has great detail and it really shows the reader what it was really like Malala. It describes what the journey was like for her and how she got through the problems that she faced. It must have taken a lot of courage to relive those terrible moments in her life. Malala's story is very inspiring. I would recommend this book because it is definitely a page turner and keeps your attention.
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