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

Tuberculosis: Invincible Microbe and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy and Alison Blank

Summary: This book chronicles the history of tuberculosis and traces it to its roots through both ancient and modern ways of trying to cure it. It also talks about several times people thought it was cured forever when it actually wasn’t, and then of how it finally WAS cured–only to return again in a deadlier form. It also mentions several well-known figures whose lives were changed by the disease.

Why I picked it up: Though I’m slightly ashamed to admit it, on normal days I scoff at non-fiction. I’ve never understood why anyone would read non-fiction. I think this book caught my eye because one, it was being displayed in the library and two, the word “invincible” caught my eye. These days we associate “invincible” with diseases like AIDS. But I’ve never though too much about tuberculosis so I became interested. And finally, I recently went through a fact-versus-fiction themed unit in my VMC class, where the two genres of fiction and non-fiction became incredibly mixed up in my head. That is why I picked this book up.

Why I kept reading it: As aforesaid, non-fiction is not my favorite genre and I didn’t have high expectations for this book. But it is actually good. It doesn’t read like a non-fiction book (aka textbooks..encyclopedias..dictionaries..). It is a non-fiction book written like a fictional book. Tuberculosis is both the main character and the antagonist; characters pass in and out of the story. In short, this nonfiction book stands out because it is told with stories, not with just lists of facts. One of my favorite parts of the book was the part where the authors wrote about how sanatoriums started cropping up everywhere. Sanatoriums are open-air places in nature where TB patients were sent to recuperate. After all those centuries of crazy medicines and wacky medical theories, the most effective cure turned out to be living outdoors. The average person today does not know this. People (like me) think non-fiction cannot interest them or–gasp–surprise them. But they can, and this one did.

Who I would give it to next: The first person I gave it to was my mother just to say “Look mom, you’re always telling me about all sorts of health precautions and dangerous diseases and now I’m finally starting to learn from somewhere else! Maybe we can have an actual conversation now. :)”   The second person I would give it to would be my Japanese teacher. For one thing, I don’t think Sensei would judge me for randomly reading books about diseases.. and for another, she’s starting to form her own family now and every mother needs to know all the basics about health precautions and dangerous diseases!

Reviewed by Emily S.

Muckrakers by Ann Bausum

51gbcEMpCtL._SY346_Summary:Muckrakers is a true story of a reporter or muckraker, Ida Tarbell, who reveals the truth and publishes the truthful report about rich industrialists like John D. Rockefeller from the late 1800s to the 1920s. Because workers suffered greatly in the work place, the muckrakers wanted to reveal the truth that was to expose what the industrialists really did with their money. As opposed to, reporting the fact that was briefly telling the public what they already knew about the industrialists. In order to expose the news, the muckrakers exposed the vital evidence through sources of press, newspaper, and books. These muckrakers attacked each industrialist, such as Andrew Carnegie or J.P. Morgan because they wanted the common person to receive their rights.

Why I picked it up: I picked up this book because I love history. Since I learned about the muckrakers in my history class, I have always wanted to learn more about them.

Why I kept reading it: I kept reading this book because it reveals how hard these reporters worked to find the real truth. Also, the book describes the situation of these workers at the factories and how little they were paid. In order to reveal this, the corrupted industrialists had to be exposed. This book reveals the important facts that each citizen did not know.

Who would I recommend it to next:  I would recommend this book to anyone that finds interest in history. Also, I would recommend this book to a high school student or anyone interested in learning about the muckrakers.

Reviewed by Akshay Jain