The Eleventh Trade
Sami budgets carefully toward The Eleventh Trade to earn the money necessary to buy back his grandfather’s rebab. The stringed instrument has been their life force and link to their home and family but now it’s gone. While Sami blames himself for its theft, he is determined to get it back. After all, haven’t he and Baba lost and endured so much in their battle to survive? Although doubters like Pete may try to deter him, and Sami is reluctant to share either his story or feelings, something other than trades enter Sami’s route. It seems as though a penchant for soccer (football) and thereafter his own likability, draw Dan and Layla, Coach, Hamida and more who want to help him and become part of his life.
Yet, how can a boy who struggles to remember what he lost, admit this new world? Furthermore, how does it fit into the old ways, those he left behind, to which Baba and he cling? Then, how will Baba cope without the rebab? How will Sami ever manage without Baba? He’s aware of what they’ve shared, the debt he owes his grandfather, their fragility and ‘difference’ in a brave new world.
The Eleventh Trade packs such a powerful punch. We feel as though we’re counting Sami’s money with him, urging him toward the rebab, wanting him to find a loyal, supportive, understanding home and company. This is an outstanding story. Bookwagon urges readers of all ages to read this book.
UKLA Book Award Winner 7-11 category