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Street of Storytellers

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Gold medal, YA fiction, 2020 Independent Press Awards
Silver medal, teen fiction, 2020 Benjamin Franklin Awards
Winner, young adult books, 2019 Independent Publishers of New England Book Awards
Kirkus Reviews "Editors' Choice"

This multicultural thriller, set at a pivotal time and place in recent world history, is about three families across two cultures. It's about an ancie
Paperback, 230 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Rootstock Publishing
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an unusual, original read!

Luke is an American teen. His dad is obsessively writing a book set in Pakistan. His parents are divorced, and his dad invites him to Peshawar, Pakistan so Luke can gain insight into his writing process.

Luke wants nothing to do with his dad’s interests, and instead, spends time in the Old City, where violence and extremism is happening. He is enchanted with a girl named Danisha, but any contact is forbidden and could get her killed. He also forms a friendship with
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vividly told, fascinating, and compelling. This book is described as a coming-of-age multicultural thriller and I would have to say that is pretty spot on. It is 1984 and 15-year-old Luke’s parents are getting a divorce. Luke blames the divorce on his father and his obsession with his work. Luke becomes even more upset with the situation when he hast to go to Pakistan with his dad for Christmas. Dad is eager to show his son how important and exciting his work is dealing with a history of Pakista ...more
“Street of Storytellers” by Doug Wilhelm is an amazing story set in 1984 and tells the story about a young man and his journey towards self-discovery, the different relationships he is navigating through with his own father and new friends, and his eye opening experiences with different cultures, religion and beliefs.

During his winter break, Luke travels with his father to Peshawar in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier. Luke’s father is obsessed about writing and completing his book about a lost anc
Sherri Silvera
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Doug Wilhelm wrote an interesting historical fiction/coming of age novel. Not many YA books are set in Pakistan. This one was related with obvious love for the country and it's history and culture.

There were so many themes touched upon, showing the reader similarities among two contrasting cultures - living one's true self, acceptance of those around you, the importance of free thinking and education.

This was a short novel that carried a "big punch". It was compulsively readable with well fleshe
Linda Zagon
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Doug Wilhelm, Author of "Street of Storytellers" writes an intense, captivating, riveting, intriguing and significant novel. The Genres for this novel are Multicultural Thriller, and Fiction. This is also a coming of age novel, and there are some historical facts that are part of this novel. The timeline for this story is set in 1984 and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes his characters as complex and complicated.

Luke is a 15-year-old teenager who
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this YA book through Firstreads on Goodreads. It's a historical fiction set in 1984 Pakistan in the Pashtun valley at the beginning of the extremist Muslim movement and the Afghanistan conflict. It gave me a perspective on world events that I wasn't previously aware of. I really enjoyed the story. ...more
Nicole reading_with_nicole
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Luke is 15, has a love for music and is very angry with his parents divorce. Luke blames his father for the divorce, he blames his father’s obsession with his job and with his research a very dangerous part of Asia.
Christmas is approaching and Luke will be spending it with his father in Pakistan; he is not happy about this at all. His father wants him to understand why this research is so import to him, they visit a friend of his father’s and Luke is warned that he is not to be alone with the da
David Morgan
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
15 year old Luke's parents are divorced and he blames it on his dad's obsession with writing a book. It's his dad's turn to have Luke over the Christmas holiday. Wanting Luke to understand the subject of his book, a lost civilization of Pakistan, he takes him there so he can work in conjunction with another professor who is from there. Luke's not happy, meets friends his own age and the adventure really begins. Extremism is taking off and Luke gets caught between the factions while simultaneousl ...more
Stephani Beltran
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. A story that takes place in the 80s with flashbacks of certain events has such impressive details of everything involved I felt I was right beside the characters seeing everything so vividly. This is a perfect book for adults and young adults as well who enjoy multicultural fiction.
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Street of Storytellers has raked in some impressive awards:

2021 Notable Social Studies Trade Book
2020 Gold Medal, Young Adult Fiction, Independent Press Awards
2020 Silver Medal, Teen Fiction, Benjamin Franklin Awards, Independent Book Publishers Association
2019 YA Fiction Book Award, Independent Book Publishers of New England
Indie Editors Choice, Kirkus Reviews

It's rare that I read young adult fiction (which is probably why I'm a bit surprised by this list)...this book came to me through a Goodr
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
In Street of Storytellers, Wilhelm gives us some 'back story' on attitudes and view points that contributed to 9/11. The teens of three families, one American, one Afghani, and one Pakistani, meet in Peshawar and share conflicting beliefs and stories of hardship. The author makes it evident that serious trouble is on the way but does an excellent job of phrasing so as not to foreshadow later events--a difficult task when writing historical fiction.

Luke, the American, finds common ground with th
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
The setting of this book was as exciting as the story! Pakistan! Luke is 15 years old, an American teen and has just watched his parents go through a divorce. It is now Winter Break and his dad drags him to Pakistan. His dad is writing a book and needs to work with his co-author. At first Luke insists that he is going to have nothing to do with Pakistan and the people, but that is almost impossible from the first day - too many adventures await him. Danisha catches Luke's eye, but with all the c ...more
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was entralled with this foreign world that Doug Wilhelm put me into from the first sentence...I felt like a true fly on the wall as Doug deftly put the protagonist in the middle of a story in a country (Pakista) with rich, messy, complex ancient traditions and historical complications. I understand so much more of how and why people can become caught up in the fundamentalism and the tragic realities of women's rights in that country does need to be told so the world understand what women must ...more
Barbara Floersch
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Street of Storytellers is an exciting, suspenseful novel that plunges readers into the conflicts and complexity of Pakistan society. Told through the voice of an American teen, the story takes on themes of parent/child relationships, authentic friendships, women’s rights, the radicalization of young people, the importance of history, and more. Doug Wilhelm’s detailed evocation of the streets of Peshawar is so rich that I could swear I smelled the savory dishes proffered by the street vendors and ...more
Rick Cochran
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Doug Wilhelm is a terrific story teller who understands the adolescent mind. In this book he has interwoven themes of teenage angst and independence with international terrorism. He captures the essence of Pakistan in the 1980s and the struggles they faced during the Russian war on neighboring Afghanistan. Doug has personalized the seeds of Islamic terrorism that had its origins in that conflict and still resonates today.
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Okay. Let me be completely honest about this novel. I wasn't sure what I was going to feel with this story. I knew I would at least like it. I mean truly. It's a story based in the 80's(I'm a child of the 80's, by the way.) and Pakistan, two things I don't usually read about. But, once I started it, Wilhelm gripped me! 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 par ...more
Cristie Underwood
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Luke is 15 and not only are his parents divorcing, but this dad is moving to Pakistan to write a book and wants Luke to go with him. Luke finds himself in a new Country with different customs where he doesn't know anyone. Since this is set in 1984, there is no internet to entertain him or tell him about this new place. The author did a great job of conveying this coming of age tale that explores what it is like to be an outsider in a Country that is on the brink of change, the emotional toll tha ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Street of Storytellers honestly amazed me. Through the eyes of a 15 year old you are taken back to 1984 through Peshawar in Pakistan. Luke’s father brings him here on his Christmas vacation to help Luke understand and connect with his father’s work about a lost civilization. Blaming his father’s work on his parents divorce - Luke is very reluctant to learn anything about what his father is working on here.

Through this novel, Luke is confronted with many obstacles. He isn’t familiar with the cust
abdulia ortiz-perez
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
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We are giving this 4.5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐🌠
This is not my type of reading but was happy to received this cuz it was so good. Know I have to read more books of it and read more action packed books.

Wow what a surprising read. Couldn’t put it down and enjoyed every minute of it. Has a nice flow right from the end of the other books to this book. Just when I thought it was ending you turn
April F
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s a page turner. Set in Peshawar in the 80s this multicultural novel is alive with the pulse of this small North west frontier town, that is on the very edge of change. Captured and made believable through the characters of teenagers both American and Pakistani who are wrestling with their own identities whose choices at this critical time in their young lives and in a pre taliban timeline will also alter the future as we can now look back and see it. The conflict between parent and adolescen ...more
Meaghan Hurn
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Street of Storytellers is coming-of-age multicultural thriller, written captivatingly and is a significant novel for our time.

You're going to fly through this thrilling novel and ended up truly enjoying it. Each page turned, each character, brings you into a world that you feel like you can all but smell. Doug Wilhelm has a wonderful talent and unique writing style. His attention to detail is spot on and by the end of the book, you'll be ready for more of his stories.

This is a perfect book for a

Mary Bly
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
A very well written novel that gives a fascinating insight into the culture in Peshawar. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, with Luke being an excellent narrator of all of the events taking place. It's not the type of story that I normally read, but I found myself captivated throughout the entire novel from start to finish. The suspenseful scenes, mixed in with all of the culture, made for a very enjoyable experience. Thank you Goodreads and Doug for the gifted copy! ...more
bookish tanna
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow! What a surprising read. I couldn’t put it down, I just loved every minute of it. The story has such a nice flow right from the beginning. Just when I thought it was ending, the author turned around and shocked me!
Keep up the great work, Wilhelm. I hope you write more of these works.
Thank you!
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autographed, giveaway
It's not the type of book I usually read, so I wasn't sure I would, but I really liked this book. It was fiction, but how the people live was not, which was enlightening. Thanks to goodreads and Doug Wilhelm for the gifted copy. I'm very glad I read it. ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this as a e book from Net Galley for my i pad. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. It was my first book read by this author. I hope to read more books by this author.
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Doug Wilhelm is the author of 17 books for young readers, including Street of Storytellers, a multi-award winning novel for YA and adult readers:

• Gold medal, YA fiction, 2020 Independent Press Awards
• Silver medal, teen fiction, 2020 Benjamin Franklin Awards
• Winner, young adult books, 2019 Independent Publishers of New England Book Awards
Kirkus Reviews Indie Editors Choice

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