I Am Malala

On October 9, 2012, Malala Yousafzai was on her way to school in her home region of Swat, Pakistan, when Taliban men stopped the bus and asked "Who is Malala?"  Shot three times for her activism on behalf of education for girls, Malala underwent many surgeries and a long recovery.  Her memoir, I Am Malala, chronicles her childhood; her relationship with her father, a tireless education advocate; and her dreams for the future of Pakistan.

“Then they told me about the call from home and that they were taking the threats seriously.  I don’t know why, but hearing I was being targeted did not worry me.  It seemed to me that everyone knows they will die one day.  My feeling was nobody can stop death; it doesn’t matter if it comes from a Talib or cancer.  So I should do whatever I want to do.”

Malala Yousafzai was born and raised in Pakistan's Swat Valley.  At the age of 11, she began writing a blog for the BBC that detailed day-to-day life under the Taliban.  After the Taliban attempted to assassinate her, she was moved to Birmingham, England for medical treatment and has lived there with her family since.  In 2014, she became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her activism.

Published:  2012
Length:  327 pages
Set in:  Swat Valley, Pakistan