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A different kind of daughter : the girl who hid from Taliban in plain sight

Summary: 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 sport she loved, thus becoming a lightning rod of freedom in her country's fierce battle over women's rights. This tells 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.

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  • ISBN: 9780670069989
  • Physical Description: viii, 355 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), map, portraits (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm
    regular print
  • Publisher: Toronto : Viking, 2016.
Subject: Women's rights -- Pakistan
Women squash players -- Pakistan -- Biography
Toorpakai, Maria -- 1990-

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  • 6 of 8 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Castlegar Public Library. (Show)


  • 1 current hold with 8 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Castlegar Public Library 796.343 TOO (Text) 35146001968239 Non-Fiction Volume hold Available -
Fort Nelson Public Library 796.343 TOO (Text) 35246000892818 Non-Fiction Volume hold Available -
Gibsons Public Library BIO TOOR (Text) 30886001021852 Biography Volume hold Available -
McBride Bio Too (Text) 35191000273694 Biography Volume hold Available -
Nakusp Public Library 920 TOO (Text) 35160000720038 Adult Non-fiction Volume hold Canceled Transit -
Nelson Public Library B TOO (Text) 35148002019186 Biography Volume hold Available -
Sechelt Public Library B TOORPAKAI (Text) 33260000471772 Biographies Volume hold Available -
Williams Lake Branch 796.343092 TOO (Text) 33923005686377 Non-fiction Volume hold Checked out 2023-10-20

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