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If Maria Toorpakai isn’t already your hero, she will be when you hear her story. As a young girl growing up in Pakistan, Maria burned all of her “girly” dresses at the tiny age of four so she could play sports outside with the boys. She continued to live as a boy throughout her teen years, dropping out of school to become a competitive weightlifter, until eventually her father got her into squash.

In 2007, Maria went pro and came out as a girl, and the World Squash Federation nominated her for the Best Young Player of the Year. But this was only the beginning of the Taliban’s threats against Maria and her family — threats so strong that for her teammates safety, Maria stopped training at her gym and instead converted her own bedroom into a squash court, training there for two-and-a-half years.

EW is proud to premiere the trailer for Maria’s memoir, A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight, featuring footage from the forthcoming documentary, The War to Be Her, set to premiere this fall. A Different Kind of Daughter hits shelves May 3 — but check back on EW.com Friday for an exclusive excerpt to preview this moving, inspiring story.

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