Borderline by Allan Stratton

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The truth is closing in.

Life's not easy for Sami Sabiri since his dad stuck him at a private school where he's the only Muslim kid. But it's about to get a lot worse.

When Sami catches his father in a lie, he gets suspicious. . . . He's not the only one. In a whirlwind, the FBI descends on his home, and Sami's family becomes the center of an international terrorist investigation. Now Sami must fight to keep his world from unraveling.

An explosive thriller ripped from today's headlines, borderline is the story of a funny, gutsy Muslim-American teen determined to save his father, his family, and his life.


About Allan Stratton

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Allan Stratton is the internationally acclaimed author of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Chanda's Secrets, which was recently made into the film Life After All. His novel Chanda's Wars was a Junior Library Guild selection and his other novels, Borderline and Leslie's Journal, were ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selections. He lives with his partner in Toronto. You can visit him online at
Published February 20, 2010 by HarperTeen. 308 pages
Genres: Young Adult. Fiction

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The theme slams outward when Homeland Security smashes into Sami’s house one night, tackling Sami, interrogating him in the basement about the Toronto trip and dragging dad to jail.

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Since Sami has learned early on that nothing is as it seems, even the spelling of his name (Sami, not Sammy), the help his teacher (also an outsider) offers ends up costing him more than it pays.

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