Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Street of Storytellers By Doug Wilhelm

Luke is an American kid, in a place he doesn't understand.
In this multicultural thriller, a teenager who's passionate about rock and reggae music angrily blames his parents' divorce on his dad's obsession with finishing a book about a lost ancient civilization in a dangerous part of Asia. But Luke's father has him over Christmas vacation, and desperately wants his son to understand -- so he brings Luke to Peshawar, an age-old crossroads city in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier. To punish his dad, Luke refuses to visit the ruins or learn anything about the project ... and instead he is drawn into the strange, intriguing Old City, where a violent new extremism is on the rise. Luke is dazzled by the beautiful Danisha -- but if they're ever seen together, she could be killed. He's recruited by a group of jihadis -- but he also bonds with Yusuf, an Afghan refugee who knows what could happen. Then there are the musicians Luke befriends, and a mysterious Sufi teacher who opens his eyes. Set in 1984 at a pivotal time and place in history, Street of Storytellers is about three families across two cultures. It's about an ancient true story the world has almost forgotten. And it's about learning to think for yourself -- even if that puts your life at risk.
This is Doug Wilhelm's 17th book. His acclaimed novel The Revealers has been the focus of reading-and-discussion projects in over 1,000 American schools.

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Doug Wilhelm is a full time writer and editor in Weybridge. His 16 previous books include The Revealers, a novel about bullying that has been the focus of reading and discussion projects in well over 1,000 schools, and continues to be part of the curriculum in middle schools across the country.

As a young journalist in the early 1980s, Doug left his newspaper job to spend two years in Pakistan, India and Nepal. He traveled, wrote, taught English and worked on what he originally planned as a nonfiction book about his experiences, which years later grew into Street of Storytellers.

Along with The Revealers, Doug’s other books include three more young-adult novels, a biography of Alexander the Great for young readers, and 10 books for the Choose your Own Adventure series.

Doug is also a working musician—he plays conga drums, percussion and harmonica in several Addison County musical groups. https://www.dougwilhelm.com/

My Thoughts...

This was a quick young adult read. It had a little of everything. Suspense, Historical, and coming of age. Everything young adults and well us big kids love to read in a book. Action packed read for sure.
I gave this book 4 stars and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.