Information and Inspiration


With Christina Lamb, Malala Yousafzai has written inspiration in 300 pages.

With Christina Lamb, Malala Yousafzai has written inspiration in 300 pages. Just 16-years-old, her autobiography, "I am Malala," shows the life behind her: Noble Peace Prize Nominee, education activist, and "The Girl Who Was Shot by the Taliban."


The book gives history regarding her and her native country, Pakistan. As a kid, I was unaware of the tensions in their ever-shifting government. Information was poured out about Pakistan and also about Malala and her family.


To one uninformed of the happenings in everyday Pashtun life, the revealing of the culture is intriguing, especially from the perspective of a teen. They had (and still have) constant struggles to get everyday things that Americans take for granted, such as food, medicine, and education. Religion plays an important role in how everything there runs, from daily  life to their government. Many of Malala's values are expressed in the book, as well as the questioning of these morals based on current events. 


Both Malala and her father played a role in helping grow education. The journey from her father starting a school to her globally speaking out for girl's education is the main story line, with facts about culture and life in the midst of the Taliban.


Here in Western culture, you have kids saying, "I don't want to go to school!" On the other side of the globe in Pakistan, Malala endured pain and hardships so that she and others could go to school.


This isn't a kids' book. It may not be the most entertaining book of all time. But it's a real eye-opener to life outside of our country, starting with one inspirational girl. "I am Malala" shows international readers that this cliche is true: Anyone can change the world.  There's definitely a reason why Malala Yousafzai survived a shot from the Taliban.