by Malala Yousafzai

Reviewer Rating:
3

Review

Malala does a wonderful job telling her story of growing up in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan, daughter of a very forward thinking and education advocating father.  Her mother is quite traditional, yet supports both her husband and Malala in their efforts to speak against those who would take away the rights of children, especially girls, to an education.  The beginning of the book covers her father's struggle against deprivation and adversity to start a school for children, then goes on to cover more of her own life story, especially her drive to do well in school and to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.  I found the history and politics of Pakistan and her family's experiences to be interesting and amazing - it is enlightening to read about the rise of the Taliban and the struggles against them from a Pakistani/Pashtun point of view.

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