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A New York Times Bestseller
A 2015 Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner
An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
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I Am Malala is the memoir of a remarkable teenage girl who risked her life for the right to go to school. Raised in a changing Pakistan by an enlightened father from a poor background and a beautiful, illiterate mother from a political family, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. I Am Malala tells her story of bravery and determination in the face of extremism, detailing the daily challenges of growing up in a world transformed by terror.
Written for her peers with critically acclaimed author Patricia McCormick, this important book is about the value of speaking out against intolerance and hate. It’s a message of hope from one girl who dreams of education for every girl in every country.
“Ms. Yousafzai has single-handedly turned the issue of the right of girls—and all children—to be educated into headline news. And she is a figure worth hearing.”
Financial Times (London)
“A riveting memoir…this is a book that should be read not only for its vivid drama but for its urgent message about the untapped power of girls.”
“Adapted with McCormick from the adult bestseller, this inspiring memoir by activist Yousafzai sketches her brave actions to champion education in Pakistan under the Taliban…Yousafzai highlights the escalating tensions as the Taliban takes hold—including the strictures against girls attending school, the obliteration of Western influence, violence, and the eventual war—but also brings the universal to life as she quarrels with her brothers, treasures her best friend, and strives to earn top grades…It’s a searing and personal portrait of a young woman who dared to make a difference.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“In a work this personal and important, it’s vital to utilize a reader who engages the listener and renders an authentic interpretation of the writer, both physically and emotionally. Neela Vaswani does this admirably. She sounds like Westerners would imagine Malala Yousafzai, now slightly older than when we first heard of her, would sound. Malala is the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban when she spoke out in favor of girls going to school. Vaswani’s Indian accent is far from overpowering, and her diction is crisp and easy on the ear. Her cadence also adds to the realism of the reading. While the book is aimed at young adults, adult listeners should find equal pleasure in this book. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”