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I AM MALALA by Malala Yousafzai (2014-2015 Book of the Year)

"We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced."
"Let us pick up our books and our pens."..."They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world." -Malala Yousafzai


Most college wide programs and events​ related to this year's selection will take place during the Spring 2015 semester. When available, the Spring 2015 Book of the Year Calendar of Events will be posted here.

The Nealley Library has purchased copies of the book for 2-week loans. Stop by the library Reference Desk to borrow a copy! You may also wish to check Library Links for additional copies owned by local public libraries.
Search the library catalog for print and online resources related to themes of the book. Students and staff of our college have 24/7 access to ebooks and full-text periodical articles. Please call (714) 564-6708 during our library hours of operation, or stop by the Nealley Library Reference Desk for assistance.
  • Who is Malala Yousafzai? CNN's Christiane Amanpour profiles Malala Yousafzai. (length 6:15 minutes), October 21, 2013
  • Who is Malala Yousafzai? (length 8:12 minutes) In this CBS News (Up to the Minute) program, Anne-Marie Green interviews Adam Ellick, the New York Times Senior Video Journalist who as a foreign correspondent first documented Malala's life story in 2009.
  • Struggling for Survival in Swat, "Fighting in the Swat valley between the Pakistani army and Taleban militants has almost completely destroyed the communications network and links with the rest of the country. Tens of thousands of people have fled the area, but there are some who have not been able to escape. One female student in the town of Saidu Sharif has managed to send e-mails to the BBC News website describing the struggle to survive."  BBC World News, May 17, 2009.
  • Diary of a Pakistani GirlThe following are “extracts of Malala’s (then-anonymous) entries for BBC World News which first appeared on BBC Urdu online. As a seventh grade schoolgirl living in north-western Pakistan Malala documented her feelings and observations in a diary after Taleban militants ordered the closing of schools “as part of an edict banning girls' education. The ban was lifted in February, but before it was revoked militants seeking to impose their austere interpretation of Sharia law destroyed about 150 schools within a year.”   
    • Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl (i) "Five more schools were blown up despite a government pledge to safeguard education. Here, a Pakistani seventh grade schoolgirl (Malala) from Swat chronicles how the ban has affected her and her classmates.”​
    • Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl (ii) "News of further attacks and a Taleban invitation to public floggings appears in the latest extracts of the diary.”
    • Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl (iii) "In this extract of her diary written in part from the relative safety of Islamabad, she chronicles her first impressions of the city after arriving from Swat and events leading up to her family's departure.”
    • Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl (iv) "Many are opting to flee from Swat on foot with no belongings. This fourth extract of her diary is written during and after her return home from the relative safety of Islamabad.”



  • Malala Yousafzai Addreses United Nations Assembly (length 17:42 minutes) An advocate for every child's right to education, Malala Yousafzai celebrated her 16th birthday, on Friday, July 12, 2013, by giving her first high-level public appearance and statement on the importance of education at the United Nations Youth Assembly.
  • Lost Generation in Swat Valley (length 7:42 minutes). Adam B. Ellick’s November 10, 2010, New York Times’ film documenting the Pakistani government’s inability to “rebuild any of the 159 fully destroyed schools that were bombed by the Taliban. As a result, students are furious.”
  • Swat School Part 1: Class Dismissed in Swat Valley: The Death of Female Education February 22, 2009 (length 13:33 minutes) a short documentary filmed on February 22, 2009 by Adam B. Ellick, the New York Times correspondent who profiles Malala as an 11-year-old Pakistani girl on the last day before the Taliban closed down her school.
  • Class Dismissed: Malala Yousafzai Story, the Pakistani Girl Shot in Taliban Attack (length 32:20 minutes) This 2009 documentary filmed by Adam B. Ellick, a New York Times correspondent, and Irfan Ashraf first brought Malala's story to the world. This was published by the New York Times on October 10, 2012. Malala was shot be a gunman on October 9, 2012.
  • The Making of Malala Yousafzai: Story of Girl Shot in Taliban Attack (length 11:06 minutes). Published on October 7, 2013, "this is the follow-up news story about Malala Yousafzai as reported by Adam B. Ellick the New York Times' correspondent who created the 2009 documentary about Malala before she became an international star.
  • Unbreakable: One Girl Changing the World (ABC 20/20 w/Diane Sawyer) (length 39:47 minutes) Using film and personal interviews this October 11, 2013, Special Edition documentary profiles Malala Yousafzai and "her courage against the Taliban."
  • Malala Yousafzai, 16, and Her Miraculous Story of Surviving Being Shot by the Taliban (ABC News 20/20, Person of the Week), (length 4:40 minutes). Diane Sawyer's October 11, 2013 report related to Malala's condition and remarkable recovery after she was shot point blank on her face.
  • Ziauddin Yousafzai: My Daughter, Malala (length 16:36 minutes) Malala's father honors his daughter Malala as he recounts the injustices, cruelty and abuse faced by millions of girls and women throughout the world due to the "Code of Honor." Published on March 24, 2014. "Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don't want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity."
NEWS DOCUMENTARIES and ARTICLES ON THE TTP (the Tehrik-i-Taliban, the Pakistani Taliban)
  • History of the Pakistani Taliban (length 2:32 minutes). In this 2012 news video clip, CNN’s Fionnuala Sweeney reports on the TTP (Tehrik-i-Taliban), its origins and its leaders. 
  • Who are the Pakistani Taliban? In this Oct 17, 2012, CNN World article, news reporter Ben Brumfield distinguishes the TTP (Tehrik-i-Taliban) from “the Taliban” and discusses the roots of the TTP.

PAKISTAN - Country Information

  • Country Studies - Pakistan The Country Studies Series presents a "description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world."
  • Factmonster - Pakistan Country-related information from Information Please.
  • The World Factbook - Pakistan This database sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency provides a map and general information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues" on Pakistan and other nations.


  • Nigeria's Boko Haram 'More Extreme than Al-Quaid," Journalist Says, Fresh Air, (length 36:30 minutes) July 16, 2014. Journalist Alex Perry who wrote, The Hunt for Boko Haram: Investigating the Terror Tearing Nigera Apart a new e-book, "says Boko Haram doesn't have logical reasons for the atrocious acts it commits."
  • With Airport Attack, Pakistani Taliban Show Off Their Reach, Parallels, June 9, 2014. “Krishnadev Calamur reports that the Pakistani Taliban aren't nearly as well-known as the Afghan Taliban, but they've carried out many major attacks, such as the shooting of Malala Yousafzai, and have further destabilized Pakistan.” 
  • Educating Girls: Big Payoff for $45 A Year, Tell Me More, (length 11:08 minutes) May 15, 2014. “Girls without an education are six times more likely to marry young than those who've finished high school, according to a new report from the World Bank Group.” Guest host, Celeste Headlee.
  • Malala Yousafzai's Hope Is Stronger Than Ever, Tell Me More, (length 17:51 minutes) December 31, 2013. “A year after she was shot by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai was back spreading her message about educating girls around the world. Malala, and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, talk with host Michel Martin about their hope for Pakistan's future. This segment originally aired Oct. 15, 2013.”
  • Pakistani Girl Shot By Taliban Transported To U.K., All Things Considered, (length 5:35 minutes) October 15, 2012. Philip Reeves reports that “the 15-year-old Pakistani school girl shot by the Taliban has been flown to the United Kingdom for treatment. Malala Yousafzai leaves behind her a country that is full of outrage and disgust over the attack. Yet the reaction to her shooting is much more complicated than that.”


  • My Year with Malala, by Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times (October 20, 2013). Article w/video clips.


  • Breaking the Silence: A Call to Action Based on an Overview of Evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America (May 2013), "Co-published with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (OSRSG/VAC), this is a thoughtful contribution to the global agenda to prevent and eliminate violence against indigenous girls, adolescents and young women. It offers valuable insights, positive experiences and comprehensive recommendations, including a set of guiding principles to accelerate progress and inspire future debate and innovative action to protect girls and women from vioence in all its forms and in al contexts where incidents may occur."
  • A Fair Chance: Attaining Gender Equality in Basic Education Global Campaign for Education, 2005. This report was produced to inform the work of education campaigners in the field of gender equality. Nine country studies from Africa and Asia are discussed to exemplify the progress and the huge strides that remain to be made to achieve this goal.
  • Gender Discrimination in Education: The Violation of Rights of Women and Girls Global Campaign for Education, February 2012. This report presents the results of a Global Campaign for Education (GCE) survey of children and teachers conducted from November 2011-February 2012. It highlights shocking disparities of experience between genders, with evidence that girls around the world are experiencing gender discrimination from the age of just seven years.
  • Make it Right for Girls Global Campaign for Education and Results, August 2011 This report, co-authored by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and RESULTS Educational Fund, shows that millions of girls are being forced out of school because of poverty, child labor, early child marriage, the threat of sexual violence, inadequate and poor-quality schools. It examines 80 poor countries, with Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, India, Iraq, Nigeria and Pakistan among those countries failing to respect the rights of girls to an education.
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