A Girl Called Genghis Khan: How Maria Toorpakai Wazir Pretended to Be a Boy, Defied the Taliban, and Became a World Famous Squash Player

A Girl Called Genghis Khan: How Maria Toorpakai Wazir Pretended to Be a Boy, Defied the Taliban, and Became a World Famous Squash Player

This picture book introduces children to Maria Toorpakai Wazir, a Pakistani girl who braved threats from the Taliban in order to play the sport she loved.
 
Meet Maria Toorpakai Wazir, a Pakistani girl who loved sports and longed for the freedom that boys in her culture enjoyed. She joined a squash club to pursue her dream, and was taunted, teased, and beaten—but still continued playing. Then, when Maria received an award from the President of Pakistan for outstanding achievement, the Taliban threatened her squash club, her family, and her life. Although forced to quit the team, she refused to give up. Maria kept practicing the game in her bedroom every day for three years!

Title:A Girl Called Genghis Khan: How Maria Toorpakai Wazir Pretended to Be a Boy, Defied the Taliban, and Became a World Famous Squash Player
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781454931362
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    A Girl Called Genghis Khan: How Maria Toorpakai Wazir Pretended to Be a Boy, Defied the Taliban, and Became a World Famous Squash Player Reviews

  • Alice

    Courage comes in many ways to many people...

  • Danielle Dufayet

    Wow! After reading this fabulous book, I have just added a new hero to my list! Maria’s longing to be free (to be just a regular, active child!) like her male peers pinched my heart. I can’t even ...

  • Laura

    Picture book biographies have the ability to open a door into another world. Bold art takes the reader to Pakistan, while the compelling narrative breathes life into Maria's story of passion, bravery,...

  • Meera Sriram

    This extremely well-written biography of a contemporary female athlete will introduce children particularly in the West to places, lives, and experiences outside of their own. Through the life of Mari...

  • Terry

    If you've ever wondered whether girls trying to be boys ever "really happened," this book answers your question: Yes! The author does an exceptional job setting the stage for why Maria felt compelled ...

  • Vivian Kirkfield

    This is a must have book for every elementary school library in the country...actually, for every country! It's a dramatic true story of courage, standing up for what you believe, and how even a child...

  • Kathy

    I like being active, but would I grow up pretending to be a boy, and risk death threats to play? I'm not as strong and driven and the amazing Maria Toorpakai Wazir. She spent *3 years* confined to her...

  • Alex Giardino

    What an inspiring story. Lovely artwork accompanies this tale of a determined girl who grows to become an accomplished athlete, despite all odds. The back matter is an impressive addition, with lists ...

  • Melissa Mcavoy

    Due to Taliban a girl passes as a boy and along the way becomes a great, competitive squash player. Obviously this is a compelling story but I wish the illustrations has been stronger and the text had...

  • Anneke Alnatour

    Where were picture book biographies when I grew up?Such a great way to teach children (and adults, like me) about other people's lives, without having to pick up a chapter book. This was just a great ...