I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

By- Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai         

Genre- Non-Fiction

Who is Malala Yousafzai?

Malala Yousafzai is (currently) an 18 year old women who has had a very interesting life all because she stood up for her rights. When Malala was about 16, she ended up confronting the Taliban, a group of people who took it upon themselves to rid parts of the world of its imperfections, because she decided that she wanted an education. In Pakistan, women barely get any respect if any. They had to always be covered up before leaving the house and they couldn't go anywhere without a male relative. One day, Malala just got sick of it and took a stand. She made herself known and took the price of a bullet to the head for it.

Who are the Taliban?


This book takes place in Pakistan, where Malala was born and raised. Pakistan is located between Afghanistan and India and this positioning usually leads to war between the three countries.


Malala vs. Taliban- There is a conflict where the Taliban thinks that girls should not be able to go to school, while Malala thinks that girls should have the option to get an education.

Story Details

-She had a great connection with her father.

-She entrusted a lot of her secrets to her best friend.

- Women were not allowed to leave the house with out a male relative.

-Women needed to be covered up before leaving the house.


The theme of this book was to have courage.  Malala had to have courage and stand by herself while facing the Taliban to get her point across. Not many people believed in her, but she fought for her rights as a female to learn just like a male can.


While reading this book I felt very disturbed that there are countries, like Pakistan, that are so against the advancement of females. It is a shame that so many women across the world are being put down and told that there are certain things that they can't do because of their gender.

Why did I like it?/ What do I remember most about the book?

I liked this book because there were a lot of times where Malala could have given up, but she never did. She persevered and stood up for what she thought was right rather than following along behind everyone else. The thing that I remember most would have to be when Malala and her neighbor would create secret knocks that were actually a secret language for them to talk since they didn't have phones.

Who would I recommend this book to?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys seeing others making a difference in the world. I would also recommend this book to anyone who wants to make a positive change in the world, but are lacking the courage to do it. This book will show that anyone can make a difference whether they are male or female.


While reading this book, I thought back on how it resembled my own life. There have been times in my life where people have told me,"That's not right" or, "Stop being difficult and just do what everyone else is doing." It took a while, but I noticed that, just like Malala, sometimes going your own way is the correct way. If you have to stand by yourself, then do it.

Why should you get this book?

You should get this book because it is quite amazing to see someone who got overlooked so many times doing great things to improve the world. This book demonstrates that even the young can make a difference as long as they believe in what they're doing and have the courage to do so.

Comment Stream

2 years ago

If you were in the same situation as Malala was, would you have stood up for what you believed in?