The Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, and one girl spoke out. Her name was Malala. She refused to keep quiet and fought for her right to an education!
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen years old, she was shot in the head while coming home from school. She survived with the most unbearable pain. She has been on a long journey, from a valley in Pakistan, to the United Nations in New York city. She was the youngest nominee to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize.
This novel takes you on a fantastic journey about a a young girl who fights for the right to education. I personally found this book very different from other novels and stories. Being shot in the head and then winning the Nobel Peace Prize is no small thing! Most of us are very lucky to be having an education and learn. Many places in the world don’t allow girls to be educated. Malala took a stand to make a difference, not just for her, but everyone else who is going through the same tough time as her. We should all be very proud of her standing up for everyone and making a difference in the world. This novel was very intense and taught me many valuable lessons about life.
Here is a quote that I think describes Malala’s adventure.
“I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend.” -John Green, The Fault in our Stars
Timeline of Important Events:
Agreement breaks down as Taliban take over Swat
Pakistani government declares Taliban cleared from Swat
Floods across Pakistan kill 2,000 people
9 October 2012
12 July 2013
Malala addresses the United Nations in New York on her sixteenth birthday and calls for free education for all children