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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai is the inspirational story of the author's bravery, courage, self-worth, and perseverance while living in Swat Valley in Pakistan. This book introduces readers to the life style of the Middle East, Pakistan, the Taliban, and global terrorism.
The father of Malala Yousafzai, who is a teacher, taught his daughter to read and write in secret as the Taliban leaders do not allow Pakistani women or girls to gain an education. While riding home on a bus from school, Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban for seeking an education. The gunshot came from a very close range and gave her a near-fatal wound to her head - she wasn't expected to survive. This book is her memoir. Malala provides readers with valuable insight and information on what civilian life as woman is like under the rule of the Taliban.
Most citizens in American have no idea how precious freedom is or, for that matter, what freedom truly is. Some Americans take freedom for granted so much that they forget how lucky they are to simply be allowed to learn to read and write, let alone be able to further continue their education. Despite the fact that education was illegal for women, Malala and her family courageously and bravely worked on continuing her education, suffering many hardships along the way. Malala Yousafzai shows the world what it really means to be a symbol of freedom in her amazing but heartbreaking memoir, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.