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Winner of the 2019 Young Adult Fiction Book Award from IPNE, Independent Publishers of New England



“A storytelling delight.”
David Moats, author of Civil Wars
and winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“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

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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Street of Storytellers News and Coming Events

Just two months after its publication, Street of Storytellers has won the 2019 Young Adult Fiction Book Award from the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE). The award was presented to Stephen McArthur, owner of Rootstock Publishing, at IPNE's annual conference on Nov. 2 in Marblehead, Mass.

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Talk, reading and Q&A posted online
For local public-access TV, ORCA Media of Montpelier, Vt., videotaped my talk, reading and Q&A session at the novel’s Sept. 21 launch party at The Garage Cultural Center in Montpelier. The video is at — thanks to ORCA for posting it online.

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