Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the TalibanI Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the next book we will be discussing in July at my workplace book club. I thought to start the book early as I did not think the subject would interest me much. Was I ever wrong?!?! I could not put it down. This is a story of defiance in times of wars and conflicts, and a story of courage coming from the most unexpected person. All schools in the world should add "I am Malala" to their curriculum and mandate all their pupils to read it.

In Canada, we, women, take education for granted. We never have to look over our shoulders to see if someone will jump out of the shadows to hurt us because we are going to school and are getting an education. Malala had to do this every day of her young life because she believed that it was her right to be educated... and she got shot for it.

I appreciated hearing the events of those turbulous times from the perspective of a child who lived right in the centre of it all. I commend her for speaking out and defying the Taliban's ruling. She was meak in stature, but mighty in words and actions. A true example of unselfishness and determination.

I am Malala is a marvelous book and should be read by all. I hope that her testimony will inspire us all to make changes and to fight for the right of all children to live in peace and to receive an education. I am inspired!

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