Friday, May 22, 2015

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

by Laura Kee

This book tells the story of a courageous girl who stood up to the Taliban. Her determination to be strong in the face of danger speak volumes to her personality. I am Malala puts education (something that we all take for granted) in perspective. Most students in America wake up every morning and assume they will go to school and be safe. Half way around the world from us, girls are prohibited and threatened if they attend school. The Taliban have created a war-zone in Pakistan, and daily life has changed dramatically.

This eye-opening book speaks to the person that Malala truly is. Her mission is to help girls not just in her community, but in all countries. An assassination attempt has not (and will not) stop her from working to attain her goals. Malala Yousafzai is an incredibly well-spoken girl who is a symbol of peace and hope. Speaking at the United Nations on her sixteenth birthday is an example of how much of an impact she has on lives around the world. I strongly recommend this book for anyone who is eager to be inspired learn about a new culture, and rethink parts of our culture that we take for granted.

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