I received this book from Indigo, so thank you to them for sending me such an inspirationla book!! I loved it!
Title: Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
Author: Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
Published: August 19th 2014
No. of Pages: 240
Written in collaboration with critically acclaimed NATIONAL BOOK AWARD finalist Patricia McCormick, Malala tells her story - from her childhood in the Swat Valley to the shooting, her recovery and new life in England. She's a girl who loves cricket, gossips with her best friends, and, on the day of the shooting, nearly overslept and missed an exam. A girl who saw women suddenly banned from public, schools blown up, the Taliban seize control, and her homeland descend into a state of fear and repression. This is the story of her life, and also of her passionate belief in every child's right to education, her determination to make that a reality throughout the world, and her hope to inspire others.-(Foyles)
5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
flying with joy.
It is impossible to dive into the midst of your story without becoming enthrallingly inspired by the message you speak. I would go as far as to say that it is inevitable that people will read, hear and repeat your words, all whilst thinking about their life, their wishes and their voice for the first time. Words that illicit messages like these are ones I treasure, and ones that I can't help but believe that they should make up the very fabric of this world. Maybe one day they will. Maybe this miracle is slowly but surely beginning. Maybe it begins with the voices of you and others alike who speak for those whose voice is drowned out by a hurricane of bruised evils. Afterall, we can never forget that it is the pure bravery of those souls that makes up a gleaming gold thread to repair the slowly decaying tapestry of the world.
Your bravery is like the sun rising in an ink black sky, which makes me wonder; why should it be black in the first place? Why can't that sky be made up of technicolour paints applied by the kindest of hands? I feel that this is a questions that though I am able to think it, I am unsure that we will ever have a correct answer, otherwise we would spend our lives pondering the whys instead of trying to fix the whats. The sad fact of life is that sometimes we have to try and fix our problems without having an answer as to why they are there in the first place.
When I think about it, I realise that what really strikes me about you as a person is your awareness. By reading your book, I read your story, and as I turned each page I realised I was reading about a girl who is wise beyond her years. Anyone who reads your book will realise that your message is one that was born to be sung in the streets and carried in everyone's heart. Why? Because it's heartrendering to witness someone with so much passion for education, even though whole countries with people like me spend hours moaning about homework and exams. All my complaints seem meaningless now, but I have quickly realised that sometimes you only need one voice to open the eyes of the world.
So what is the poin of this letter? I guess it's meant to be a form of thanks. It's a thank you for sharing your story through your book, a thank you for your need to speak out, and a thank you for inspiring the heart of the world.
I wish you all the best for the future,