I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, is the powerful story of a Pakistani girl who stands up to the Taliban. Malala tells the story in a similar way to Jon Krakauer by recounting the day when she was shot by the Taliban, and then reflecting on the events that led up to the shooting, and what she learned from them. This story has many different messages and central themes, but the focus on the power of education, especially for women is what really stands out. Malala takes us through how she learned to value education and how it has shaped her into the person she is today. . Malala starts with the story of her father, Ziauddin, who is her biggest role model. She reflects on the lessons he learned and passed down to her. Ziauddin was born with a stutter, yet his father believed in him and sent him to some of the finer schools in the area. There he learned to be a powerful and effective communicator and eventually went to college to study literature. As a child, Ziauddin was taught jihad by the political environment, and he eventually converted into jihadi. He started to pray for war, violence, and destruction. After becoming a jihadi, he met Faiz Muhammed who convinced him to reconsider his want for violence and destruction and change his views toward. These lessons are really important, because Malala’s father understood how education and discussion can have an impact on people like himself, and as a result he built a series of schools to educate women. As the book progresses, we learn a lot about who Malala is as a child. She is well-read, despite it being taboo in the world around her for a women to be reading, much less a child. She values her education and applies what she learn to the world around her. Two great examples of this are when she enters the speech competition at her school to be like an older girl at her school, Fatima, and when she pleads for her father to help the girl from the rubbish mountain. From the speech competition she learns to gracefully lose, but she also chooses to pick role models that would have a positive impact on her. She has the option to follow the Taliban ideals of jihad and limited women’s rights, but she chooses to follow in the footsteps of those who are educated and doing good things for the world like her father and Fatima. When Malala helps the poor girl from the rubbish mountain by convincing her father to give her free education at his school, as a reader it is apparent that her moral compass is growing and that she knows how valuable education can be for everyone around her, and she is willing to do a lot to spread education to the world around her. As Malala grows, she begins to respect education more and no longer sees it as a gift, but rather a basic right. When she travels to the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad, she meets a lot of women in a multitude of professional careers, which was a nice change from seeing women only be teachers and doctors. When she talked to them, they all told her to take advantage of her education, and to never give it up. Around the time she makes the trip the Taliban had condemned education for women. After returning from Islamabad, she became politically involved in advocating for education in her community, and through the help of her father used the media as her platform. Although she gets shot at for speaking up for her belief in education, Malala truly never once doubted her purpose and continued to advocate for education. She fought hard and long and she is now fighting with the UN for universal education for all people. Her purpose and message are clear: no matter if you are a boy or a girl, poor or rich, you deserve the right to an education, and she hopes to be a driving force in providing this to people and preaching hope and kindness to the world.