A Different Kind of Daughter

A Different Kind of Daughter

The Girl Who Hid From the Taliban in Plain Sight

Book - 2016 | First edition
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"'Maria Toorpakai is a true inspiration, a pioneer for millions of other women struggling to pave their own paths to autonomy, fulfillment, and genuine personhood'--Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed. Maria Toorpakai hails from Pakistan's violently oppressive northwest tribal region, where the idea of women playing sports is considered haram--un-Islamic, forbidden--and girls rarely leave their homes. But she did, passing as a boy in order to play the sports she loved, thus becoming a lightning rod of freedom in her country's fierce battle over women's rights. A DIFFERENT KIND OF DAUGHTER tell of Maria's harrowing journey to play the sport she knew was her destiny, first living as a boy and roaming the violent back alleys of the frontier city of Peshawar, rising to become the number one female squash player in Pakistan. For Maria, squash was more than liberation--it was salvation. But it was also a death sentence, thrusting her into the national spotlight and the crosshairs of the Taliban, who wanted Maria and her family dead. Maria knew her only chance of survival was to flee the country. Enter Jonathon Power, the first North American to earn the title of top squash player in the world, and the only person to heed Maria's plea for help. Recognizing her determination and talent, Jonathon invited Maria to train and compete internationally in Canada. After years of living on the run from the Taliban, Maria packed up and left the only place she had ever known to move halfway across the globe and pursue her dream. Now Maria is well on the way to becoming a world champion as she continues to be a voice for oppressed women everywhere"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455591411
Branch Call Number: 796.343 TOORPAKA
Characteristics: viii, 355 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Holstein, Katharine


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Nov 16, 2017

This is a truly inspiring tale from a truly inspiring girl. I actually had the fortune of meeting Maria Toorpakai last year at the Peace Medal Breakfast, where she was a central speaker. Her story is one that brings readers to awe and bafflement, as her courage and determination stand as true testimonies to her strength. I still wonder at how she was able to endure all the threats, and still do, from participating in what she loved (squash) just for being a girl. I believe that there are many like her out there in the world, trying to change their sections of it step by step. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone, and everyone.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 29, 2017

Toorpakai is lucky this she grew up in a liberal family, smack dab in the middle of an extremely conservative region of Pakistan. The story of how she quickly rose to be one of the world's best squash players in the face of the Taliban and getting caught in the crossfire of the so-called "war on terrorism" is a true inspiration. It is frightening to think among their many backwards ways, the Taliban bans sports for both women AND men ... and that they had better things to do than to try to hunt this woman down. She still plays for Pakistan (for now) but trains in Canada and has taken up a second career as a visual artist. This book is worth a wider audience - stories like hers need to be told if we have any chance of defeating extremism in all its forms.

May 25, 2016

Toorpakai's story is incredibly inspirational and one of the most readable autobiographies I've discovered. It will be hard to put this book down once you start. The writing is a brilliant, and the details of her life are so compelling. Isn't it fantastic that she is in Canada!


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