Part One, Before The Taliban, 1: As Free as a Bird | Malala was a girl like any other from Pakistan before she started changing girl’s education.
2: Dreams | Every spring and fall, during the holidays of Big Eid and Small Eid, Malala’s family visited one of my favorite places on earth.
3: A Magic Pencil | By the time Malala was eight years old, her father had more than eight hundred students and three campuses.
4: A Warning From God | One autumn day when Malala was still in primary school, the desks started to tremble and shake.
5: The First Direct Threat | Each morning, as Malala’s friends passed through the gate to school, a man across the street stood scowling at them.
Part Two, A Shadow Over Our Valley, 6: Radio Mullah | Malala was at the home of one of her relatives in Mingora one evening when she heard a strange sobbing coming from the radio.
7: The Taliban in Swat | The Radio Mullah continued his campaign against anything he deemed un-Islamic and Western.
8: No One is Safe | Malala’s father replied to the Taliban the next day in a letter to the newspaper.
9: Candy From The Sky | One day in the autumn of 2007, Malala was sitting in class when she heard a fearsome roaring from outside.
10: 2008: What Terrorism Feels Like | Somehow daily life continued despite the bomb blasts and killings.
Part Three, Finding My Voice, 11: A Chance to Speak | Day or night, Malala’s father’s courage never seemed to waver, despite receiving threatening letters as well as warnings from concerned friends.
12: A Schoolgirl’s Diary | “After the fifteenth of January, no girl, whether big or little, shall go to school.”
13: Class Dismissed | Ever since Malala had started doing interviews, people in Mingora sometimes came up to her and told her that she had done well.
14: Secret School | Malala’s father wanted her to continue to improve her English.
15: Peace? | One morning in February Malala awoke to gunfire. It wasn’t unusual for her to be awakened several times each night by the sounds of gunfire.
16: Displaced | “No Pashtun leaves his land of his own sweet will. Either he leaves from poverty or he leaves for love.”
17: Home | After three months of living here and there, with strangers and relatives, Malala was finally on her way home.
18: A Humble Request and a Strange Peace | Swat was finally at peace. The army remained, but the shops reopened, women walked freely in the markets.
19: Good News at Last | One day in October 2011 Malala’s father called me over to show her an e-mail he’d received.
Part Four, Targeted, 20: A Death Threat Against Me| One day in early 2012, Malala was in Karachi as guests of GEO TV, and a Pakistani journalist who lived in Alaska came to see her.
21: The Promise of Spring | By spring the valley had begun to warm, the poplar trees had burst into bloom, and a tiny miracle in the campaign for education had taken place right in Malala’s home.
22: Omens | That summer Malala turned fifteen. Many girls are married off by that age.
23: A Day Like Any Other | The second Tuesday in October started out the same as any other. Malala was late, as usual, because she slept in, as usual. She was shot.
Part Five, A New Life, Far From Home, 24: A Place Called Birmingham | Malala woke up on 16 October to a lot of people standing around looking at her.
25: Problems, Solutions | In those first days of being in the hospital, Malala’s mind drifted in and out of a dreamworld.
26: A Hundred Questions | When Malala got her wish and the nurses brought her a small white mirror, Malala was surprised at what she saw.
27: Passing The Hours | One day another Fiona came to Malala’s room. Her name was Fiona Alexander, and she said she was the head of communications for the hospital.
28: We Are All Here Now | When the tube in Malala’s throat was removed, she had another call with her father, one where she could actually speak.
29: Filling in the Blanks | The next few days were spent with Malala’s parents filling her in on what had happened in the sixteen days between the shooting and her reunion.
30: Messages From Around the World | Fiona Alexander brought Malala a bag of cards. So she thought, How nice, friends have sent me cards for Eid. It was cards from all over the world.
31: A Bittersweet Day | Doctors operated behind Malala’s ear, for nearly eight hours, trying to repair the facial nerve that had been cut by the bullet.
32: Miracles | Finally, Malala was released from the hospital, and 2013 was off to a happy start.
33: This New Place | Malala settled into her Birmingham life. She lives in a tidy brick house on one of those tidy, tree lined streets she saw from her window in the hospital.
34: The One Thing We All Know | A few things remain the same in her new world. Malala and Khushal still fight, whoever wins gets to front seat on the way to school.
35: Anniversary | As the first anniversary of the shooting approached, many journalists came to interview Malala.