"I was scared of being beheaded by the Taliban because of my passion for education," she said last year.
Her fears almost came to fruition.
After the shooting, militants vowed that if she survived, they would go after her again. They also threatened to kill journalists covering her story.
"This filthy, godless media has taken huge advantage of this situation, and journalists have started passing judgment on us," the Taliban said in a statement.
Malala is uncowed.
When she takes a break from treatment, a white teddy bear with a pink bow sits on her lap.
In her hands, there is always an open book.