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Publication Date: 18 Sep 2018
Subject: Children's novels
Suitable for: Primary (Year 6)
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A young refugee from Afghanistan searches to find his grandfather's precious musical instrument which was stolen from their new home in Boston.
Back in Afghanistan, before the Taliban came, Sami's grandfather was a famous musician. People would come from miles around and pay thousands to hear him play the rebab. Now Sami and his grandfather are refugees living in Boston. The rebab is their most valuable possession and a reminder of home.
Then one terrible day, the rebab is stolen. Sami's grandfather is devastated. His last link with home is gone and with it, his livelihood. Sami resolves to get the rebab back as a surprise for Eid. When he finds it on ebay, with a hefty price tag attached, he begins to trade the few possessions he has - and as he does, he finds, to his surprise, that there are all kinds of people willing to help.
NOTE : Sami clearly has PTSD and suffers trauma flashbacks when near the sea and hearing fireworks. His family were killed in a suicide attack at a wedding. This is described though not vividly, but could be upsetting.
NOTE: Winner of the UKLA Book Awards 2020 7-10+ category