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I am Malala: Knight Reading, 2016-2017: Readings in Common

Wartburg College's Community Reading Selection

Knight Reading, 2016-17

Knight Reading / Readings in Common

A common 1Y reading program began at Wartburg College in 2003, although it wasn't officially called  “Readings in Common” until 2005. It was renamed "Knight Reading" in 2015.

Recent books normally link to a resource guide, which contains supplemental materials, but links are on hold during the 2016-17 school year as we work through site-wide revisions.

2015-16  The Other Wes Moore

2014-15   Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

2013-14   The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

2012-13   An Ordinary Man, Paul Rusesabagina

2011-12   The Complete Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi

2010-11   Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver

2009-10   Ishmael, Daniel Quinn

2008-09   The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman

2007-08   Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson

2006-07   The Chosen, Chaim Potok    

2005-06   Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

2004-05   A Hope in the Unseen, Ron Suskind  

2003-04   Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling

Sample Quotations from I Am Malala

                    "I know the importance of education because my pens and books                  were taken from me by force. But the girls of Swat are not afraid of anyone.
We have continued with our education."
Malala Yousafzai, p. 214, I Am Malala
"One day I will be a politician and do these things myself."
― Malala Yousafzai, p.215, I Am Malala

"I am pretty certain that I am also the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prizewho still fights with her younger brothers.  I want there to be peace everywhere, but my brothers and I are still working on that."

― Malala Yousafzai, in her Nobel Prize acceptance speech
"It feels like this life is a second life. People prayed to God to spare me, and I was spared for a reason--to use my life for helping people."
― Malala Yousafzai, p.301, I Am Malala

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 2014

Examples of Book Reviews for "I Am Malala"

People Magazine:

How did Yousafzai have the courage, at 15, to stand up to the Taliban in her native Pakistan? Her memoir, written less than a year after she nearly died for her efforts, will open your eyes.


"Incredibly inspirational.... Malala is intelligent and fiery with dreams of changing the world, but the book has the added benefit of being a true story that is easily interwoven with important global issues such as human rights, development, education, and peace.... If there is one thing that I AM MALALA should teach us, it is to look beyond Manichean narratives of good and evil. It is important to applaud Malala for the awareness she has built around important issues like education for young women.―Cristina Maza

Library Journal:

On October 9, 2012, the teenaged Yousafzai was very nearly assassinated by members of the Taliban who objected to her education and women's rights activism in Pakistan. Currently, she lives in England, under threat of execution by the Taliban if she returns home. Lamb, who has been reporting from Pakistan for 26 years and was named Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times, helps Yousafzai tell her hugely significant story. [2013]

Los Angeles Review of Books:

The voice that beams, 'I am Malala' is the voice that continues to meet the assassin's challenge. It is the voice of a courageous campaigner who still fights for girls' education. The voice of an icon who may one day be able to return to her country, but who even from afar symbolizes its noblest cause.―Shehryar Fazli

Purpose of this Guide

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban is the story of the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

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Explore the tabs and boxes to deepen your understanding of the many issues presented in this book and to learn about the author.

There are links to sites, films, books, articles and more. If an item has a local call number, it is available for checkout at Vogel Library. Additional materials may be found at other local libraries as well.

Please feel free to contact the library's Service Desk (319-352-8500) or to chat, text, or email us as needed.

Thanks for Using this Guide!

This guide was created by Karen Lehmann, Information Literacy Librarian, prior to her retirement. The guide will be updated by current librarians, including Jill Westen, Ashley McHose, Todd Vanderbark, and Curtis Brundy.

If you have suggestions for items to add, books to order, new links, corrections, etc., please call or email Jill Westen: 319-352-8348

Ideas for what to include came from Wartburg faculty and staff, and also from librarians everywhere, who continue to be dedicated to the encouragement of reading -- for both fun and knowledge.