I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

By Bennet Owuonda

I’ve always liked reading about Pakistan.

Malala’s book not only tells a lot about the presence of the Taliban but also shows the consequences of this presence on local people in Pakistan.

The book also gives a large amount of information concerning the country; including its languages, cultures, ethnic groups and the beautiful Swat Valley.

Malala’s narrative starts in 2012 when she was shot by the Taliban in the head while riding on a school bus.

She was a teenage girl, who wanted to go to school and continue with her education despite the Taliban’s interruption in her region.

She later became quite popular in Pakistan, because she is not only a successful student but also an activist for female education and human rights.

This is why the Taliban, sensing her as a threat to their system, set up, and targeted her on a school bus and tried to kill her.

Malala survived and was brought to England for treatment.

In her autobiography, the story goes back to the past and gives detailed information concerning Malala’s parents and their lives before their marriage. It carries the reader to the day Malala was born, her early childhood and school years.

Readers dive also deep into the history of Pakistan with its ethnic communities, presidents, governments and relationships with other countries in her narrative.

One of the first things you will notice when you are reading this book will be this young lady’s strong bond with books and the world of literature.

She adores her school bag and every single book she carries in it.

She quotes from some important works of literature which she obviously devoured as soon as she got access to them.

Her books serve as a shelter, a tunnel to a world of peace for her whenever she feels herself caged. Her books and her trust in education give her the power to fight injustice.

I adored her determination.

Malala’s story is definitely worth reading it.

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