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2020 Benjamin Franklin Award finalist

Kirkus Reviews Indie Editors Choice

2019 Young Adult Fiction Book Award, Independent Publishers of New England


“A vivid and layered novel ... both a personal story and a perspective on world events today.”
Deborah Rodriguez, author of
Kabul Beauty School: An
American Woman Goes Behind the Veil

“An absorbing, rich historical tale.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A storytelling delight.”
David Moats, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

ABOUT Street of Storytellers

An American kid, in a place he doesn’t understand.

Luke 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 his father wants his son to understand—so he brings Luke to Peshawar, a legendary frontier city in northwest Pakistan. Luke responds by refusing to learn anything about his dad's project; instead he is drawn into the strange, intriguing Old City, where a violent new extremism is on the rise.

Luke is dazzled by Danisha, but they can’t ever be seen together. He’s recruited by her brother to assist the jihadis — but he also bonds with Yusuf, an Afghan refugee who knows what could happen. Then there are the musicians Luke befriends, and a warmhearted Sufi teacher who opens his eyes.

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.

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Featured Articles

from Montpelier, Vt.'s capital city newspaper, The Bridge:

Wilhelm writes young-adult novels about adolescent boys in a bind who use their wits to get through. Most famously, he wrote The Revealers, which tells the story of a middle school kid who figures out a way to confront the bullies in his school. ... Wilhelm has now written a new novel in this genre, called Street of Storytellers. Same genre, yes—an American 15-year-old with family problems—but it moves way beyond the scope of his earlier work. (Read the full review here — it's great!)

The book bloggers are ecstatic! From their reviews (so far):

Part historical, part coming of age with lots of suspense, this wonderfully told story had me invested from beginning to end. ... I highly recommend this important story to both YA and adult readers.
David L. Morgan

I can see the bazaars and people selling goods, the colors, the smells – it lifts right off the page. ... You know a story is good when you don’t want it to end. As soon as I turned the last page, I wanted to continue it with this story.
Really Into This

An intense, captivating, riveting, intriguing and significant novel.
Linda’s Book Obsession

This part coming of age part historical novel had me at the beginning with its superb writing and suspense. I read this in one sitting and was fascinated.
The Weekend Booker

Wow what a surprising read. Couldn’t put it down and enjoyed every minute of it. ... I was so hooked in the story. ... I love the setting and theme in the storyline. I love the characters! I highly recommend everybody read and get this book!
Abdulia Coffee Book Addict

Vividly told, fascinating, and compelling ... a special story with a unique premise.

Street of Storytellers honestly amazed me. ... I was fascinated by the way the author incorporated everything into this beautiful coming-of-age story. To be honest, I didn’t know much about this area and even though this book is fiction, I definitely learned a lot. I suggest this book to anyone — young or old. I don’t want to give away too many details, because reading this was the best way to experience this story!
Sealed with a Book

A beautifully told story about three different families from extremely different worlds discovering how they fit together.
Amy Gilbreth
Amy Lyn Lifestyle

Though the book is a short and quick read, the message is deep and gives a perspective on our world when extremists try to silence the voices of people that want change for the oppressed, and maintain the freedom we take for granted. This is an amazing story that I highly recommend. An amazing coming-of-age novel that is gripping and intense. It is unique unlike any other book I have read before. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to have been changed because of this book.
Nurse Bookie

I flew through this thrilling novel and ended up truly enjoying it! Each page turn, each character, brought me closer to an end I didn’t want to happen because I really felt a part of it and fell in love with all the characters! Luke’s story is told in vivid detail. Wilhelm captured the life, and happenings in Pakistan in a way that made me feel as if I was walking beside Luke, experiencing all his emotions and seeing all his new surroundings as if they were my own. ... Street Of Storytellers is an emotional book, one that will have you on the edge of your seat, palms sweating, while you find out what’s going on in young Luke’s life. ... You’ll find yourself sucked into the danger and twists of this captivating novel.

What an unusual, original read! ... This book encompasses so much. I learned about culture and history in a way I didn’t expect. The mystery enthralled me, and the messages from Luke’s coming-of-age were relatable. Overall, I enjoyed this tense, suspenseful book and all it had to offer.
Tarheel Reader

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