for The Eleventh Trade by Alyssa Hollingsworth
From debut author Alyssa Hollingsworth comes a story about living with fear, being a friend, and finding a new place to call home.
They say you can't get something for nothing, but nothing is all Sami has. When his grandfather's most-prized possession-a traditional Afghan instrument called a rebab-is stolen, Sami resolves to get it back. He finds it at a music store, but it costs $700, and Sami doesn't have even one penny. What he does have is a keychain that has caught the eye of his classmate. If he trades the keychain for something more valuable, could he keep trading until he has $700? Sami is about to find out.
The Eleventh Trade is both a classic middle school story and a story about being a refugee. Alyssa Hollingsworth tackles a big issue with a light touch.
2020 UKLA Award Winner