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
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.
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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