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Gold medal, YA fiction, 2020 Independent Press Awards

Silver medal, teen fiction, 2020 Benjamin Franklin Awards

Second place, all fiction, 2020 IndieReader Discovery Awards

Winner, YA fiction, 2019 Independent Publishers of New England Book Awards

Indie editors choice, Kirkus Reviews

“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

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

Doug Wilhelm’s 17th book is at once a thrilling adventure and a multicultural coming-of-age story. During a single week in 1984 in Peshawar, an age-old border city in Pakistan’s legendary Northwest Frontier Province, four teenagers — an American who doesn’t want to be there, an Afghan refugee who becomes his friend, and a quarreling local brother and sister — are dangerously caught up amid rising extremism, a forbidden romance, the power of music, and an ancient true story.


"An ingeniously written tale about a young American's search for truth, love and meaning in an enchanting and sometimes violent world."        Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim Cultures, Harvard University


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