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

Malala: I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. 

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world. 

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  • Sara

    I'm so bummed to miss this first meet up (for me)! I'm having an allergic reaction to something (my wrists and hands started puffing up and acquired a patchwork of red blotches), and just took a Benadryl, which is giving me heavy eyes and a fuzzy brain. I will be unable to make it tonight! :(

    January 21

  • Dori

    Susan - So sorry to cancel on short notice! I've got a project at work that is keeping me late. Sorry to miss you guys.

    January 21

    • Susan M.

      Thanks for the notice.. we'll miss you but we all know how work and interfere with play! See you soon

      January 21

  • Shoshana

    This book is quite amazing! I can't wait to talk about it.

    January 4

  • Susan M.

    Good catch, Erin, I'm moving this on to January - not fair to have back to back at this time of year!!

    1 · November 28, 2014

  • Erin

    Will the date be changed for this one? Or are we meeting back to back? ;)

    November 28, 2014

  • Erin

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

    1 · August 10, 2014

  • Susan M.

    As suggestions come in, we'll update the polls - remember, if you've already voted and a new selection appeals, you can 'change your vote' - at the bottom of the polling page.

    August 10, 2014

  • Erin

    Or: The Autobiography of Malcolm X
    by Malcolm X, Alex Haley

    August 10, 2014

  • Erin

    What about: The Story of My Experiments With Truth
    by Mahatma Gandhi

    August 10, 2014

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