The Eleventh Trade (Hardcover)

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When his grandfather's rebab is stolen, Afghan refugee Sami makes a series of trades throughout Boston and Cambridge in order to make enough money to buy it back from the pawnshop.


— From The Eleventh Trade


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

About the Author

Alyssa Hollingsworth was born in small town Pensacola, Florida, but life as a roving military kid soon mellowed her (unintelligibly strong) Southern accent. Wanderlust is in her blood, and she’s always waiting for the wind to change. Stories remain her constant.

Alyssa is the author of The Eleventh Trade.

Praise For…

"A heartwarming story of life as a refugee, about friendship, overcoming tragedy, and an exciting quest. A classic book relevant to the events in the world today." - Jess Butterworth, author of Running on the Roof of the World

"[The Eleventh Trade] sensitively portrays the contemporary challenges faced by refugees plagued by impossibly difficult experiences to work through and the ways friends can help them find a new home." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred Review

"A moving debut about music and the power of community." - Booklist Online

"Sami’s story sheds light on the special challenges, determination, faith, resilience, and post-traumatic stress that impact and shape the lives of many refugees. - School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250155764
ISBN-10: 1250155762
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: September 18th, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English