I can not say enough good things about, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban . Not only is Malala a wonderful person, she is a gifted writer. Her descriptions of her Swat valley are both breathtaking and heartbreaking. She magnificently combines the normal childish pranks and plays with the looming presence of the Taliban.
I admit as an American, I do not completely understand everything that goes on in that part of the world. I have a better grasp of it now and am even more horrified at what innocent people are having to go through.
Malala is such an amazingly strong person. I credit both her mother and father, but primarily her father. He instilled such a love of learning in her. As a middle school teacher, it saddens me to see so many of my students not care about school, they barely make and effort, and aren't upset with the bad grades that they get. By contrast, Malala is a student willing to risk her life to get an education.
Amazing book, amazing person.
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