Malala is a teenager - concerned about her looks, fretting about her grades in school, getting upset over petty arguments with her friends and brothers.
The thing that makes Malala stand out from her peers is that from the moment the Taliban extremists have invaded her hometown, she has spoken out about the right of education for girls. She will not back down when it comes to her right to attend school and receive an education.
Malala is strong in her Muslim faith, her love for her country, and her belief in education. As a young kid, she saw many horrific events take place right in her hometown of Swat Valley. There have been public beatings and whippings, shootings, and beheadings - all done out in the open to create fear in anyone willing to speak out against the Taliban. But, as a true crusader, Malala couldn't be quieted. Not only did she continue going to school when girls were told to stop coming, but she spoke out to politicians as she is trying to elicit change in the country she loves.
In October of 2012, at the age of 15, Malala is shot in the head on her school bus. Her miraculous recovery is broadcast worldwide and she is surprised that all her efforts are becoming noticed. Writing I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban is her way to share her story with everybody who is interested. She talks about her family history and what normal daily life was like in Swat Valley before the Taliban. She tells the history of Pakistan and how the Taliban became involved. And she shares the story of the shooting and how she barely survived. Throughout I am Malala her desire to change education for women and her passion for learning are evident. Her dream is to one day return to Swat Valley with her family to live in the country that she loves. But until it is safe for her to return, Malala will use her strong voice to bring peace to her country and equality for women and young girls.