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-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

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. 

Why we chose this book: This book provides insight into the challenges and rewards of speaking out for social change. From our homes we are starting to imagine what the future will hold for us. How will we reorganize society to be more sustainable and include opportunities for everyone? There are many barriers to change, however there are also many people with hope and the desire to see am more equitable society.  

Food for Thought:

1. How did Malala's family impact her actions and activism?

2. What changes did Malala see in her community in Pakistan when she was growing up?  

3. What impact did Malala's activism have on her family and the local community?

4.  What is the difference between the Muslim faith and the Taliban that are represented in this book? 

This book is available at the Winnipeg Public Library.   

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