The silhouette of a girl. The background has stars and colorful rays of light shining from beyond mountains.

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

by Michelle Lord Author and Shehzil Malik Illustrator

Maria wasn't going to take "no" for an answer when she learned that girls weren't allowed to play sports. Her family supported her dreams and let her pretend to be a boy (really!) to get around the laws that forbade women from joining sports teams. For about sixteen years, she pretended to be the boy Genghis Khan, before moving to Canada to learn more about squash and become a world-famous player in the women's league. This book is her story.