I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai Character Analysis

The author and central figure of I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai is a strong, intelligent, and intensely passionate crusader for women’s rights and the right to free education. During the course of the book, she appears on television and the radio, before the United Nations, and in the capitol buildings of dozens of countries, always lobbying for the same issues. She is also extraordinarily young for someone so politically active—as of 2015, she is only 18 years old, and for many of the crucial events in I Am Malala, she’s barely a teenager. There are many points in the book when it’s easy to forget Malala’s age, as she always seems mature beyond her years. Malala’s courage and passion make her seem almost superhuman, especially in light of the global fame she’s achieved in recent years. In part, Malala intends for her book to correct this perception, as she shows us how she developed her passion for justice. Malala is modest, always reminding us that she rose to fame thanks to the help and encouragement of other people, especially her father, Ziauddin. Ultimately, I Am Malala shows Malala to be both a product of her environment (her exposure to writing and communication from an early age, her father’s influence, etc.), and an innately brave and intelligent young woman.

Malala Yousafzai Quotes in I Am Malala

The I Am Malala quotes below are all either spoken by Malala Yousafzai or refer to Malala Yousafzai. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Back Bay Books edition of I Am Malala published in 2015.
Prologue Quotes

The man was wearing a peaked cap and had a handkerchief over his nose and mouth as if he had the flu. He looked like a college student. Then he swung himself onto the tailboard at the back and leaned in right over us.
“Who is Malala?” he demanded.
No one said anything, but several of the girls looked at me. I was the only girl with my face not covered.

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker), Ataullah Khan
Related Symbols: Burqa
Page Number: 9
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Chapter 1 Quotes

For most Pashtuns it’s a gloomy day when a daughter is born.

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker)
Page Number: 13
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Chapter 2 Quotes

School wasn’t the only thing my aunts missed out on. In the morning when my father was given a bowl of cream with his tea, his sisters were given only tea. If there were eggs, they would only be for the boys. When a chicken was slaughtered for dinner, the girls would get the wings and the neck while the luscious breast meat was enjoyed by my father, his brother, and my grandfather. “From early on I could feel I was different from my sisters,” my father says.

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker), Ziauddin Yousafzai (speaker), Rohul Amin
Page Number: 29
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Under Zia’s regime life for women in Pakistan became much more restricted. Jinnah said, “No struggle can succeed without women participating side by side with men. There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.”

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker), Mohammed Ali Jinnah (speaker), General Zia ul-Haq
Page Number: 30-31
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Chapter 3 Quotes

[My father] believes strongly in freedom of speech. “First, let’s read the book and then why not respond with our own book,” he suggested. He ended by asking in a thundering voice my grandfather would have been proud of, “Is Islam such a weak religion that it cannot tolerate a book written against it? Not my Islam!”

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker), Ziauddin Yousafzai (speaker), Rohul Amin
Page Number: 46
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Chapter 5 Quotes

Though I felt bad, I was also relieved it was over. Since that day I have never lied or stolen. Not a single lie nor a single penny, not even those coins my father leaves around the house, which we’re allowed to buy snacks with.

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker), Ziauddin Yousafzai
Page Number: 71-72
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Chapter 6 Quotes

Some of our religious people saw Osama bin Laden as a hero. In the bazaar you could buy posters of him on a white horse and boxes of sweets with his picture on them. These clerics said 9/11 was revenge on the Americans for what they had been doing to other people round the world, but they ignored the fact that the people in the World Trade Center were innocent and had nothing to do with American policy and that the Holy Quran clearly says it is wrong to kill. Our people see conspiracies behind everything, and many argued that the attack was actually carried out by Jews as an excuse for America to launch a war on the Muslim world. Some of our newspapers printed stories that no Jews went to work at the World Trade Center that day. My father said this was rubbish.

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker), Ziauddin Yousafzai
Page Number: 86
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Chapter 7 Quotes

I am proud that our country was created as the world’s first Muslim homeland, but we still don’t agree on what this means. The Quran teaches us sabar—patience—but often it feels that we have forgotten the word and think Islam means women sitting at home in purdah or wearing burqas while men do jihad.

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker)
Related Symbols: Burqa
Page Number: 91
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Chapter 8 Quotes

Mullah from the TNSM preached that the earthquake was a warning from God. If we did not mend our ways and introduce shariat or Islamic law, they shouted in their thundering voices, more severe punishment would come.

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker)
Page Number: 107
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Chapter 10 Quotes

We don’t have any option. We are dependent on these mullahs to learn the Quran,” he said. “But you just use him to learn the literal meanings of the words; don’t follow his explanations and interpretations. Only learn what God says. His words are divine messages, which you are free to interpret.”

Related Characters: Ziauddin Yousafzai (speaker), Malala Yousafzai
Page Number: 134
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Chapter 11 Quotes

It was school that kept me going in those dark days.

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker)
Page Number: 135
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Chapter 12 Quotes

“They are abusing our religion,” I said in interviews. “How will you accept Islam if I put a gun to your head and say Islam is the true religion? If they want every person in the world to be Muslim why don’t they show themselves to be good Muslims first?”

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker)
Page Number: 149
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Chapter 13 Quotes

The Taliban’s deadline was drawing closer: girls had to stop going to school. How could they stop more than 50,000 girls from going to school in the twenty-first century? I kept hoping something would happen and the schools would remain open. But finally the deadline was upon us.

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker)
Page Number: 158
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Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker)
Page Number: 162
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Chapter 14 Quotes

A few days later the video was everywhere. A woman filmmaker in Islamabad got hold of it and it was shown on Pakistan TV over and over, and then around the world. People were rightly outraged, but this reaction seemed odd to us as it showed they had no idea of the awful things going on in our valley. I wish their outrage extended to the Taliban’s banning of girls’ education.

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker)
Page Number: 170
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Chapter 16 Quotes

It seemed like everyone knew I had written the BBC diary. Some thought my father had done it for me but Madam Maryam, our principal, told them, “No. Malala is not just a good speaker but also a good writer.”

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker), Madam Maryam (speaker), Ziauddin Yousafzai
Page Number: 193
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Islamabad was totally different from Swat. It was as different for us as Islamabad is to New York. Shiza introduced us to women who were lawyers and doctors and also activists, which showed us that women could do important jobs yet still keep their culture and traditions. We saw women in the streets without purdah, their heads completely uncovered. I stopped wearing my shawl over my head in some of the meetings, thinking I had become a modern girl.

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker)
Page Number: 194
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Chapter 18 Quotes

Aunt Najma was in tears. She had never seen the sea before.

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker), Aunt Najma
Page Number: 218
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Chapter 23 Quotes

The first two questions my pen wrote were, “Why have I no father?” and “My father has no money. Who will pay for all this?”

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker), Ziauddin Yousafzai
Page Number: 277
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“Too many people in the Muslim world can’t believe a Muslim can do such a thing,” she said. “My mother, for example, would say they can’t be Muslims. Some people call themselves Muslims but their actions are not Islamic.” We talked about how things happen for different reasons, this happened to me, and how education for females not just males is one of our Islamic rights. I was speaking up for my rights as a Muslim woman to be able to go to school.

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker), Dr. Fiona Reynolds (speaker)
Page Number: 283
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Chapter 24 Quotes

We humans don’t realize how great God is. He has given us an extraordinary brain and a sensitive loving heart. He has blessed us with two lips to talk and express our feelings, two eyes which see a world of colors and beauty, two feet which walk on the road of life, two hands to work for us, a nose which smells the beauty of fragrance, and two ears to hear the words of love.

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker)
Page Number: 300-301
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I was a good girl. In my heart I had only the desire to help people. It wasn’t about the awards or the money. I always prayed to God, “I want to help people and please help me do that.”

Related Characters: Malala Yousafzai (speaker)
Page Number: 301
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Malala Yousafzai Character Timeline in I Am Malala

The timeline below shows where the character Malala Yousafzai appears in I Am Malala. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Prologue: The Day My World Changed
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Malala flashes back to “the day everything changed”: October 9, 2012. On this day, Malala was... (full context)
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Malala describes the day of October 9 at her school. The day begins at 9, since... (full context)
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Malala’s school isn’t far from her home, and often she walks there in the mornings. Occasionally... (full context)
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Since her father has been receiving death threats from the Taliban, Malala has been taking precautions, even though she thinks it unlikely that a Taliban member would... (full context)
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Malala runs to her bus. The other girls in her community, all of them wearing headscarves... (full context)
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Malala and Moniba listen as the young man argues with Usman Bhai Jan. Suddenly, a second... (full context)
Chapter 1: A Daughter Is Born
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Malala explains that she was born at dawn (traditionally a sign of luck in her community),... (full context)
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One of the only people to celebrate Malala’s birth was her father’s cousin, Jehan Sher Khan Yousafzai. He gave Malala a “handsome gift... (full context)
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Malala is named after Malalai, a heroine of Afghanistan. Malala’s ethnic group, the Pashtuns, are divided... (full context)
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Malala continues explaining her culture. She lives in Swat Valley, a beautiful place full of fruit... (full context)
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Malala and her family live in the village of Mingora, the largest town in Swat. Swat... (full context)
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Malala’s family is very poor. Despite founding the first school for girls in Mingora, Malala’s father... (full context)
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Malala continues describing her family. Tor Pekai is very religious, and always prays five times a... (full context)
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Malala’s family is descended from the Yousafzai, a noted Pashtun tribe who celebrated combat as well... (full context)
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Growing up, Malala noticed that, as a woman, she was restricted from traveling where she wanted. From an... (full context)
Chapter 2: My Father the Falcon
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Malala’s father, she notes, had an ironic curse: although he loved poetry and words, he had... (full context)
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Malala explains some of her country’s history. Pakistan has already amassed a long list of military... (full context)
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...they’ve traditionally been divided evenly across this border. One consequence of Zia’s rule in Pakistan, Malala believes, was that Muslims became more violent. Zia encouraged his followers to obey the law... (full context)
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...was a great success. Ziauddin was awarded the top prize. This, Ziauddin would often tell Malala, was the first thing he’d done that had made Rohul smile. Afterwards, Ziauddin entered many... (full context)
Chapter 3: Growing up in a School
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Malala notes that her mother began and finished school at the age of six. At first... (full context)
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Malala explains that Ziauddin’s decision to pursue education and poetry as a career disappointed Rohul. Rohul... (full context)
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Malala explains that Ziauddin found a way to be happy, despite Rohul’s refusal to pay for... (full context)
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...general secretary of the Pakhtoon Students Federation, an important lobbying group for Pashtun rights. Traditionally, Malala explains, Pashtuns are ignored in Pakistani society—the best jobs and opportunities go to the Punjabis. (full context)
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...more than 400. He made money on the side by selling popcorn to children. Somehow, Malala explains, his financial difficulties made his spirits “high.” Ziauddin met with a local TV advertiser... (full context)
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Malala continues describing her parents’ history. Ziauddin, now married to Tor Pekai, set to work improving... (full context)
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...optimistic. He advertised for his school across the valley. It was during this period that Malala was born. She grew up in her father’s schoolhouse, observing the students and the teachers.... (full context)
Chapter 4: The Village
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Growing up, Malala’s parents noticed that she had the qualities of both of her grandfathers: like Rohul, she... (full context)
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Growing up, Malala looked forward to the Eid holidays, a biannual celebration of Abraham’s sacrifice to God—the founding... (full context)
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Malala notes that while she’s proud to be a Pashtun, Pashtun culture “has a lot to... (full context)
Chapter 5: Why I Don’t Wear Earrings and Pashtuns Don’t Say Thank You
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As a child, Malala gained a reputation for being highly intelligent in her classes. She participated in almost every... (full context)
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One day, a few months after Malala developed her habit of stealing, her cousins confronted her. They explained that they knew about... (full context)
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One of Malala’s important influences, she explains, was the philosopher Khan Abdul Ghaffer Khan, whom she read from... (full context)
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As Malala grew up, Pakistan entered a period of political instability. The country alternated between electing Benazir... (full context)
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Malala, determined to be a moral person, spent much of her childhood running errands for other... (full context)
Chapter 6: Children of the Rubbish Mountain
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The Khushal School began to attract more pupils, and so Malala’s family became more financially secure. Eventually they move into a more comfortable home. One night,... (full context)
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Malala was moved by her father’s description of the child in the rubbish mountain, and she... (full context)
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Malala explains the political climate in Pakistan at the time. Following September 11, America needed Pakistan... (full context)
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Malala notes that many of her neighbors thought of Osama bin Laden as a hero for... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Mufti Who Tried to Close Our School
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Near Malala’s school, there lived a tall, handsome mufti (scholar of Islam) named Ghulamullah. Malala’s father sensed... (full context)
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Malala makes a few comments on Islam in Pakistan. While she’s proud to be a member... (full context)
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In the early 2000s, Malala’s community grew noticeably more conservative than the rest of Pakistan. Malala’s neighbors embraced the doctrine... (full context)
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In 2004, Malala reports, General Musharraf sent troops to the area between Afghanistan and Pakistan as a part... (full context)
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...an American drone killed 82 people in the town of Khar, very close to where Malala lived. America claimed that the drone was targeting an al-Qaeda training camp, despite the fact... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Autumn of the Earthquake
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One day in 2005, when Malala was about thirteen years old, there was an earthquake in Swat. While Mingora was largely... (full context)
Chapter 9: Radio Mullah
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When Malala was ten years old, the Taliban came to the Swat valley. When she first saw... (full context)
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As Malala grew up, Fazlullah continued to inspire the people in Swat. He called for increasingly severe... (full context)
Chapter 10: Toffees, Tennis Balls, and the Buddhas of Swat
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Malala begins the chapter by noting that the Taliban “took our music, then our Buddhas, then... (full context)
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Malala notes that all of Pakistan seemed to be going mad in the early 2000s. The... (full context)
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By 2007, when Malala was ten years old, the situation in Pakistan had escalated to the point where it... (full context)
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On October 18, 2007, Benazir Bhutto returned from a long period of exile. Malala and millions of other Pakistanis watched television footage of her arrival. Suddenly, to everyone’s shock,... (full context)
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...troops to Swat to protect the people from the influence of the Taliban. Every night, Malala heard the sounds of gunfire and explosions. Within only a few weeks, much of the... (full context)
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...at Bhutto. Either because of the gunshot, the bomb, or both, Bhutto had been murdered. Malala was heartbroken when she learned of the assassination, as she had thought of Bhutto as... (full context)
Chapter 11: The Clever Class
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This was a dark time in Malala’s life: the country was in chaos, and she felt unsafe in her own town. She... (full context)
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Across Pakistan the Taliban started blowing up schools for girls. When Malala heard about this she was horrified, unable to believe that anyone could do such a... (full context)
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...they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist…” Malala worshiped her father for his bravery and eloquence. (full context)
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...participate. A local television station stopped by the march and asked to interview the students. Malala, along with many of her classmates, answered questions from reporters. Malala later realized that this... (full context)
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On October 7, 2008, Malala heard explosions not far from her home. These turned out to be bombings at the... (full context)
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...from other parts of Pakistan to stay with him in his house. As a result, Malala’s home was suddenly very crowded. She quarreled with her visiting cousins and her brother, Khushal,... (full context)
Chapter 12: The Bloody Square
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In 2009, Malala is 12 years old. This is the year in which, by her own reckoning, she... (full context)
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...the idea that the government is working alongside them. To distract herself from her anxiety, Malala reads A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. She is only eleven years old,... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Diary of Gul Makai
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...him find a young schoolgirl who could write about her experiences under the Taliban. When Malala hears that Ziauddin was looking for a suitable candidate, she volunteers herself. Ziauddin agrees, and... (full context)
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Malala writes her first diary entry on January 3, 2009. She talks about her anxiety, and... (full context)
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...with the American journalist Adam Ellick. During these meetings, Ellick strikes up a friendship with Malala, whose English is good enough to hold a conversation with him. Ellick decides that he... (full context)
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Malala continues to publish her diary. She argues that the Taliban’s fear of education is unfounded.... (full context)
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In February, Malala visits Islamabad, accompanied by her father and Adam Ellick. Ellick buys her American books and... (full context)
Chapter 14: A Funny Kind of Peace
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...boy, Khushal is still allowed to attend classes, but he values education less highly than Malala, and so he says he wants to stay home with Malala. Malala is furious with... (full context)
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Malala’s spirits lift when Fazlullah rethinks his policy on women’s education. Ziauddin’s protests have been more... (full context)
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...are Taliban soldiers everywhere. 70 percent of the valley is under Taliban control, and when Malala walks through Mingora, she can’t help but see Taliban. On the night of February 19,... (full context)
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In the midst of the ten-day truce, Malala gives an interview to a famous Pakistani reporter, Musa Khan Khel. Ziauddin has arranged for... (full context)
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...the entire incident, and the footage is later broadcast across the country, to enormous outrage. Malala is outraged, too, though she’s a little irritated that this incident sparks so much anger,... (full context)
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...Taliban officials speak before crowds of thousands, calling democracy contrary to the wishes of Allah. Malala begins to believe that Pakistan has become a Taliban state. (full context)
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In the following months, Malala realizes that the United States was right to condemn the deal between Pakistan and the... (full context)
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...army sends soldiers to Swat to drive the Taliban away. There is constant gunfire near Malala’s home. Malala is terrified, but Ziauddin insists that the safest thing to do is to... (full context)
Chapter 15: Leaving the Valley
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...out of Mingora. The area has become too dangerous for a family to live in. Malala is particularly heartbroken with the news of leaving—she loves her home. On May 5, the... (full context)
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Malala and her family leave Mingora by car. The streets are crowded, and Taliban soldiers push... (full context)
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After weeks of travel, Malala’s family reaches Shangla, where they reunite with cousins, grandparents, and friends. The family in Shangla... (full context)
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In the following weeks, Malala settles into her new life in Shangla. She gets up early to walk to school.... (full context)
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On Malala’s 12th birthday, nobody—not even Ziauddin—remembers the occasion. Malala is hurt, but she understands why: everyone... (full context)
Chapter 16: The Valley of Sorrows
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The chapter begins three months after the events of the previous one. Malala has been away from her home, Mingora, for months—but now she and her family are... (full context)
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When Malala and her family arrive back in their home, they check to see if they’ve been... (full context)
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Malala tries to adjust to her new life in Mingora. Although the Pakistani army now keeps... (full context)
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Malala begins school once again in the fall of 2009. She is overjoyed to be learning... (full context)
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...from the Khushal School to visit Islamabad and talk about their experiences with the Taliban. Malala goes to Islamabad, along with Moniba, Malka-e-Noor, and many other students. Malala arrives in Islamabad,... (full context)
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While Malala is in Islamabad, Shiza introduces her (along with the other schoolgirls) to Major General Athar... (full context)
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When Malala returns to Mingora, she finds that Ziauddin has a major problem: he has no income... (full context)
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Malala is grateful to General Abbas for his donation to the Khushal School, but she continues... (full context)
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As 2009 comes to an end, Malala does well on her school exams, coming in first (and narrowly edging out Malka-e-Noor). The... (full context)
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...dangerous to Islam. Several of Ziauddin’s friends are murdered for protesting the Taliban in print. Malala is frustrated and frightened by the lack of progress in the valley. She resolves to... (full context)
Chapter 17: Praying to Be Tall
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When Malala is 13, she stops growing—suddenly, she’s one of the shortest girls in her class. As... (full context)
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...guests are women, wondering if their husbands are alive or dead. Throughout Pakistan, Ziauddin tells Malala, there are thousands of missing persons as a result of the wars between the government... (full context)
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...argue that Bibi should be sentenced to death. Ziauddin receives death threats in the mail. Malala is horrified—Pakistan is “going crazy,” she thinks. (full context)
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As the year goes on, it becomes increasingly common for people in Malala’s town to blame America for all their problems. People point out the drone attacks occurring... (full context)
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...it, or they didn’t know—in short, they’re either enemies of the US, or they’re incompetent. Malala finds it amazing that bin Laden was able to hide in Pakistan for so long.... (full context)
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In October 2011, Malala receives some exciting news: she’s been nominated for the KidsRights award in Amsterdam. KidsRights is... (full context)
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Shortly after her nomination, Malala is invited to an educational gala in Lahore. There, she makes an impressive speech about... (full context)
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2010 ends on a sad note for Malala. Her Aunt Babo, the eldest sister of her mother, dies. Babo had tried to treat... (full context)
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Malala has won a great deal of money in only a few months: more than a... (full context)
Chapter 18: The Woman and the Sea
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As the chapter begins, Malala’s Aunt Najma is crying. She and Malala, along with the rest of Malala’s immediate family,... (full context)
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The year is 2012, Malala reveals. Malala has traveled to Karachi to appear on television—a school in Abottabad has been... (full context)
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In Karachi, Malala attends an assembly held in her honor, where she’s applauded by an audience of thousands.... (full context)
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During her visit to Karachi, Malala meets a reporter named Shehla Anjum, who tearfully warns Malala that the Taliban have threatened... (full context)
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Malala and her family return to Swat, still shaken by the news that the Taliban wants... (full context)
Chapter 19: A Private Talibanisation
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It is April 2012, and Malala is on a school trip to Marghazar, a green valley near Mingora. Malala walks with... (full context)
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The day after her field trip, Malala has a disturbing talk with her father. Ziauddin has found an anonymous note, addressed to... (full context)
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In the days following the circulation of the anonymous notes, Malala’s classmates are terrified to attend school. Ziauddin makes a brave speech in which he encourages... (full context)
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...shrinks. Ziauddin continues to organize activities for his remaining students: debating competitions, painting projects, etc. Malala turns 15 in July—meaning that, at least according to Islamic tradition, she’s an adult. On... (full context)
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A boy named Haroon—a year older than Malala—greets Malala one day and tells her that he loves her. Malala tells Ziauddin about Haroon,... (full context)
Chapter 20: Who is Malala?
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In the late summer of 2010, a math teacher at Malala’s school, Miss Shazia, tells Ziauddin that she’s had a nightmare. In the nightmare, she saw... (full context)
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Malala, convinced that danger is coming her way, begins praying more often. It’s absurd, she notes,... (full context)
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Malala’s exam season begins. Her first exam is in physics, and she performs well on it.... (full context)
Chapter 21: ‘God, I entrust her to you’
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As the chapter opens, Malala has just been shot by a Taliban soldier. The bus driver, Usman Bhai Jan drives... (full context)
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Malala has lost a great deal of blood, and there is a large bandage over her... (full context)
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While Malala lies in her bed, still unconscious, the doctors tell Ziauddin about Malala’s injuries. Miraculously, the... (full context)
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Malala describes her mother’s reaction to the news of her daughter’s attack. At the time when... (full context)
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Malala circles back to describe her injury in more detail. After being shot, Malala is rushed... (full context)
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In the evening of Malala’s first day in the hospital, Tor Pekai and Malala’s brother Atal arrive at the hospital.... (full context)
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Colonel Junaid proceeds with Malala’s brain surgery. He uses a saw to cut away a small portion of Malala’s brain.... (full context)
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Unbeknownst to Malala at the time, the Taliban almost immediately claim responsibility for shooting her. They insist that... (full context)
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Following her surgery, Malala is visited by dozens of government officials and important journalists. General Kayani, the army chief,... (full context)
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...and Doctor Kayani examine the medical facilities that Colonel Junaid has set up to treat Malala. They’re not impressed, and they point out to Junaid that Malala’s blood pressure needs to... (full context)
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As Malala slowly recovers, Ziauddin refuses to leave the hospital. Nevertheless, he also continues to communicate with... (full context)
Chapter 22: Journey into the Unknown
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...to make any of the changes they recommended. Partly as a result of his inaction, Malala’s condition deteriorates. She develops a condition called DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation), which results in her... (full context)
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Malala is taken to Rawalpindi by helicopter. She’s barely conscious. Ziauddin notes that the Taliban could... (full context)
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While Malala is placed in intensive care, Ziauddin worries about the danger to his sons, Khushal and... (full context)
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As Malala proceeds with her recovery, Dr. Reynolds informs her mother that Malala may spend the rest... (full context)
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An intense, politicized conflict breaks out over the decision of where to move Malala. General Kayani refuses to let Malala’s movement to England be paid for by the Royal... (full context)
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After days of tense negotiations, the United Arab Emirates offer to fly Malala to the United Kingdom, using a civilian aircraft. General Kayani accepts this offer, since it... (full context)
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Furious and greatly saddened that he’s not accompanying Malala to England, Ziauddin remains behind with his family. He approaches General Kayani about traveling to... (full context)
Chapter 23: A Girl Shot in the Head, Birmingham
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Malala wakes up in Birmingham, England, on October 16. The first thing she thinks is, “Thank... (full context)
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On Malala’s second day of consciousness after her shooting, she learns more about her surroundings. She’s in... (full context)
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As Malala becomes increasingly conscious, she asks two questions: “Where is my family?” and “Who is paying... (full context)
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...Ziauddin continues to worry about his daughter’s well being. Pakistani government authorities inform him that Malala's condition is improving, and he's furious that they have more information about Malala than he... (full context)
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In England, Malala communicates mostly with her pen and paper. She asks, “Who did this to me?” and... (full context)
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...Malik, is the one causing the delay. Rehman wants to fly to England along with Malala’s parents, so that he can preside over a press conference from Malala’s hospital. He also... (full context)
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...takes ten days for Ziauddin and Tor Pekai to fly to England. In the meantime, Malala enjoys talking with Dr. Reynolds, but can barely wait to see her parents. She watches... (full context)
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As Malala waits for her parents to arrive, she realizes that she’s been spared for a reason:... (full context)
Chapter 24: They Have Snatched Her Smile
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Malala’s parents arrive in England and travel to Birmingham. Malala is moved to a large room... (full context)
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Malala’s parents stay with her at the hospital for four days. On the fourth day, a... (full context)
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On November 11, Malala undergoes a crucial surgery that will give her control of the paralyzed half of her... (full context)
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Over the next month, Malala spends long hours at the gym, regaining control of her arms and legs. On December... (full context)
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The year 2013 begins on a happy note for Malala and her family. Her father is happy with his new position, and her mother and... (full context)
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Malala concludes the chapter by saying, “We human beings don’t realize how great God is.” God,... (full context)
Epilogue: One Child, One Teacher, One Book, One Pen
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The epilogue begins in Birmingham, in August of 2013. Malala explains that her family has moved from the apartment Asif Zardari set up for them... (full context)
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Malala’s father has adjusted to life in Birmingham somewhat more successfully than Tor Pekai, but he... (full context)
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Malala attends school in Birmingham. She finds it easy to keep up with the information in... (full context)
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The man who shot Malala is believed to be Ataullah Khan, a Taliban soldier who has claimed responsibility. This man... (full context)
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Malala notes that her world has changed enormously. She’s received dozens of awards from around the... (full context)
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Since Malala’s rise to global fame, she’s been praised by many. Nevertheless, there are those in Pakistan... (full context)
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One of Malala’s most surprising experiences since her relocation to Birmingham came in the form of a letter.... (full context)
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Malala wonders what she will do in the future. She often says that she wants to... (full context)
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While Malala resides in England, the situation in Pakistan continues to deteriorate. Schools are blown up and... (full context)
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Malala looks in her mirror. She remembers how once, she’d asked Allah to make her a... (full context)