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

I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban

How did I get it?:
It was a gift!


When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday 9 October 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. Shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home from school, 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 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, and of Malala’s parents’ fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. It will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.


I’m pretty sure most people have heard about Malala, the young girl that was shot in the head and survived to tell her story. Malala stood up for education and I truly believe she’s such a strong individual that’s inspirational to many. Following her recovery, Malala has continued to fight for education.

Writing a review for this book is incredibly tricky, partly because it’s a non fiction book. I have begun to enjoy reading non fiction, especially when it’s about something so important. Education is a huge part of my life. It was interesting to learn about what Malala stands for and how she couldn’t be silenced even when her fight almost cost her life.

I found aspects of this book fascinating and I felt like I learnt a lot through reading it. However, I didn’t expect it to be as political as it was. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy reading this book and that I don’t think it should be read. I do. It’s important. I was just a little bogged down with the political details. It is of course, important to know about the history of Pakistan, it was just at times, a bit too much for me. I preferred to be reading about Malala’s recovery and her strength in moving forward.

That being said, I Am Malala is a touching and informative, important read. I’m pleased I decided to read it!

Would I recommend it?:

This book didn’t take long to read and I felt I learnt a lot from it!

Stacking The Shelves #153

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Bought with gift card from the UKYA Blogger Awards

If I Was Your Girl

I have heard so many good things about this book! Looking forward to it.

As I Descended

I had mixed feelings about Robin’s second book, but I want to give this one a go!

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

I have wanted to read this book for a while now, so I was excited to pick up a copy.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your hauls and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading! 😀

Ten Books That Every Teacher Should Read Or Have In Their Classroom

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten books we think a certain person should read. I decided to think about books that I think every teacher should read. That might be for the teacher to read for themselves or to have a copy in their classroom.

In no particular order here are the books that I picked (images go to Goodreads!)

The Reason I Jump- Naoki Higashida

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

This book is a must for teachers who experience teaching a child with autism. It really opened my eyes. I recommend it to teachers and others. It’s just so honest. I adore it.

The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night Time-Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I really enjoy this book and I think it brings with it a beautiful message which is important for those involved in education. It’s not just about Asperger’s. It has more to that. It’s interesting to see the world from a child’s eyes.

To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

I just think this is a really important book to read as an educator. It teaches about inequality and prejudice. Urgh, I love it!

I Am Malala- Malala Yousafzai

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

I am yet to read this book, but I have been suggested it by so many education professionals that I felt justified to put it on my TBR list and this list!

Books for the classroom

Elmer- David McKee


I love the message of Elmer. Celebrating differences. It’s what I’m all about!

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Sczieska

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

I adore this book (so do my class!) about the 3 Little Pigs from the wolf’s point of view!

El Deafo- Cece Bell

El Deafo

I really enjoyed this graphic novel which is perfect for middle grade readers. I thought it celebrated diversity beautifully.

Matilda- Roald Dahl


One of my favourites. Every classroom should have Roald Dahl in them.

The Huge Bag Of Worries- Virginia Ironside

The Huge Bag Of Worries (Big Books)

I loved using this book with our class, it helped them think about their worries and how they’d address them.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go- Dr Seuss

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

I absolutely adore this book. I’m hoping to read it to my class nearer the end of the school year to inspire them on their next journey!

What have you done for your Top Ten list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! 🙂