How to participate:

At the beginning of each month we will post a picture of the selected book. Throughout the month you can take pictures as you read. If you tag us/use the #MARLreads on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter we will repost your picture. During this time of social isolation we will post two books for each month. Please feel free to contact us ( to suggest books or hold a virtual book club with your group or organization. 

Near the end of the month we’ll post discussion questions that you can answer in the comments section. 

How to participate as a classroom: 

Select a book from MARL’s booklist on our website, or read along with us for our selected book of the month. Add your email to our book club email list and we will send you discussion questions to guide your class.

Schedule a discussion with your class or group: Book a one-hour educational workshop in zoom to accompany the reading material. 

I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for

Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

By Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

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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