No Spoiler Book Review
I think by now almost everyone has heard of Malala and knows the gist of her story. People know that she was shot by the Taliban for advocating for education for girls and women. She was 15 at the time. Shortly after she was attacked, she wrote and published, I am Malala.
About half of this book is entirely about Malala and her experiences growing up in Pakistan, and is very engaging. The other half of this book is about her family history and the history of Pakistan, which can be a little dry. The entire book is extremely important, but because about half of it is historical, I think a lot of people will have a hard time getting all the way through it.
I have seen this book on required reading lists for SIXTH GRADE, and I have to say that is a mistake. This book is very rich in political and religious content that is beyond the grasp of many readers. While Malala was a teenager when she wrote this book, she was exceptional. Most Americans would have a hard time with this book even as adults. If someone is drawn to this book, they will benefit from it. If they are forced to read it, they will be bored, at best.
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