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A Different Kind of Daughter

The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight

A Different Kind of Daughter by Maria Toorpakai
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"It's hard enough to become the best in the world at anything. It's even harder when people want to kill you just for trying." Mary Carillo, NBC Sports

Maria Toorpakai Wazir has lived her life disguised as a boy, defying the Taliban, in order to pursue her love of sport. Coming second in a national junior weightlifting event for boys, Maria decided to put her future in her own hands by going in disguise. When she discovered squash and was easily beating all the boys, life became more dangerous.

Heart-stopping and profoundly moving, Maria shares the story of her long road and eventual triumph, pursuing the sport she loved, defying death threats and following her dream.


"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

Pan Macmillan UK; February 2016
320 pages; ISBN 9781743549322
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Title: A Different Kind of Daughter
Author: Maria Toorpakai; Katharine Holstein

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