I Am malala by Malala Yousafzai (with Christina Lamb)


Summary: I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban, is by Malala Yousafzai, a young girl from Swat Valley, who is standing up for girls rights and education against the Taliban. I am Malala is an autobiography that describes the hardships of living under the Taliban, and the ways Malala herself stood up against their bans on the things that women could do, such as being educated. This book is her journey through her life that started peacefully without the Taliban, and then as the Taliban gains power how life changed and instead of doing as the Taliban wanted and keeping safe, she spoke up against the inequalities and stood up for women’s rights. It shows her dedication to a safer and educated world for not only girls, but boys as well. Not just children but adults. Even after being moved to England, she continues to fight for education.
I thought this book was amazing because Malala was 12 year old girl that impacted the world so greatly and in such a positive way. It shows how a girl who doesn’t let go of her hopes and dreams can achieve so much, even though they are from a humble background. The book was very informative and encouraging. Malala talks about all the things that are going on as she struggles against the Taliban with her father and a few other outspoken individuals.
I agree with Malala’s opinions, that every child and adult should be given an education because it is their right. No matter the gender of a person, people have a right to being informed, and it is crucial world that people are educated. A common theme is that people should be informed and educated. That people should have the rights that they deserve, rights that all people should have because they are human.
I believe this book is encouraging and that it really shows a human face to this great international hero that Malala has become. It also shows the hardships that people face, living under the Taliban and breaks the many stereotypes that people have gained of Muslim people. I really liked this book, because Malala spoke out through this book to show people what was really going on in the Middle East. Many people have a very withdr51dVLcrS0gL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_awn perspective on what is going on in the Middle East. They don’t really understand what it is like to live there, but I am Malala can change this spectator view and show what is really going on. Living in America, or really anywhere not in the Middle East, it is hard to be able to “walk” in these people’s shoes. We don’t know what it’s like, but through Malala, we can understand. I would definitely recommend this to everyone. I believe that everyone should read this book, not just because of the ideas that Malala Yousafzai talks about, but also because it is an incredibly encouraging and life changing story.


I picked up this book because I was curious to learn about Malala Yousafzai. It was wonderful to see someone my age, though at the time younger, to go through these hardships that she faced and still keep fighting for something that is so dear to her heart, and because of her struggles and her continuous efforts has changed the world for the better in so many ways. Malala Yousafzai’s tale is an encouraging tale, and I would recommend it to everyone. Malala’s story is sure to grab anyone’s attention, and it can really change a person’s perspective as well as help them make a difference in their own community.

Reviewed by Rabia kamal

Jarhead by Anthony Swofford

Jarhead CoverSummary: A marine who is sent into combat in Afghanistan without being told the horrors of war, realizes just how bad it is to be there to experience it. As he meets his squadron he learns that he is no longer a marine but rather a “Jarhead.” They call themselves Jarheads because they are seen as soldiers with nothing but an empty jar for a head which implies that they will do anything they’re told rather than thinking for themselves. Although he was a scout sniper and should have gotten plenty of kills, he did not. He had not killed a man in combat but he has seen some things that no one should ever have to see. The book ends as he is coming home to the U.S. He comes to see his family and his friends. He goes back to where he knows as home, only to find his girlfriend with her new man. This is a memoir written by the Jarhead himself, Anthony Swofford.

Why I picked it up: I picked this book up because it looked interesting and the title was a bit peculiar so I decided that I would give it a try.

Why I kept reading it: I kept reading the book because it continued to pull me in with intense life and death situations as well as scenes that had shown the effect war had on the soldiers.

Who would I give it to next: I would recommend this book to anyone that is willing to read a true story about one our U.S. marines. I would only recommend this book to older and more mature viewers because of the content that resides within these pages. Besides that, I hope that anyone that picks this book up enjoys it.

Reviewed by Jacob A.

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

???????????????????????????Summary: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin illustrates a true story about the author, Greg Mortenson, and his journey to spread peace in the Middle East by building public schools for children. Mortenson firsts starts his journey by promising a nurmadhar, a chief, of a village that he would build a school for their children. This book shows the perpetual friendships Mortenson forged during his trips and demonstrates the distinctive culture and daily life style of the people in Pakistan.

Why I picked it up: To be honest, I was required to pick a book for the enrichment reading program and one of books that was on the list of appropriate books was Three Cups of Tea.

Why I kept reading: I kept reading this book because it was very inspirational and it provided me a window to see the different cultures and lifestyles of people living in Pakistan. And also because I wanted to pass World Core.

Who I would give it to next: I would recommend this book to everyone especially for those who are interested about life and culture in Pakistan and for those who want to make a difference in the world.

Reviewed by Joycelyn H.