Borderline by Allan StrattonBorderline by Allan Stratton


byAllan Stratton

Paperback | March 9, 2010

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Life’s not easy for Sami Sabiri, especially since his dad stuck him at a private boys’ school where he’s the only Muslim kid. But it’s about to get a whole lot worse.
      When Sami catches his father in a lie, he gets suspicious. Unfortunately, he’s not the only one. In a whirlwind, the FBI and RCMP descend, and Sami suddenly finds his family at the centre of an international terror plot. Everything he’s ever known comes into question as Sami fights to keep his world from unravelling.
      Borderline is an action-packed page-turner about loyalty and identity, starring a funny and gutsy 15-year-old determined to save his father, his family and his life.
Allan Stratton is the internationally acclaimed author of the Michael L. Printz Honor BookChanda's Secrets. His novelChanda's Warswas a Junior Library Guild selection, and his other novels,BorderlineandLeslie's Journal, were both ALA Best Book for Young Adults selections. Allan has safaried in Africa, hiked the Great Wall of China, exp...
Title:BorderlineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:March 9, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554680832

ISBN - 13:9781554680832

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from timely YA novel Allan Stratton’s YA novel Borderline wouldn’t necessarily be something I’d pick up on my own, but I am trying to read more ‘boy’ books, especially those that might appeal to reluctant readers. I’ve inherited a class this semester and the majority of them are boys and many of them wouldn’t exactly put reading at the top of their to-do lists. I always think the key to reading success is to find just one book that they like. Borderline could be that book for someone. Sami Sabiri is almost sixteen. He’s a pretty average teenager; he lives in an American suburb, crosses swords with his strict father, and tries to stay out of the way of bullies at the expensive private school he attends. He’s also Muslim. At first, Borderline doesn’t seem like anything more than the pretty standard YA fare. Sami is likeable and relatable and his life is just ‘other’ enough to be intriguing. The fact that he is Iranian offers plenty of opportunities to discuss today’s headlines, too, because suddenly Sami finds himself in the middle of an FBI investigation. "The agents grill me to a crisp. Questions about Dad, his work, who he knows, what he does. I hardly hear a word….”We’re Americans,” I blurt out. “Mom and Dad – you can’t put them on a plane. You can’t send them off to be tortured.” Sami’s journey to discover the truth about his father’s supposed terrorist activities is also a journey of self-discovery. Suddenly he has a reason to stand up and be counted. As his loyalty to his father wavers, he finds hidden reserves of strength and courage. If the resolution is, perhaps, a little too convenient, it won’t really matter to the majority of young readers. Sami is a character worth rooting for. As to whether my reluctant readers would like this book – I think they would. The writing is accessible with a minimum of flowery prose. It’s pretty much straight-up plot and I think most of the boys in my current class would enjoy it.
Date published: 2013-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ! Predictable! The book Borderline written by Allan Stratton is the kind of book in which in the plot you can easily find out what the end is going to be, such thing make the book kind of boring, even though the story itself would be considered interesting. The writer made the story very predictable,however Allan Stratton developed the story in a particular way that made it look like science fiction, this because the protagonist Sammi, been just a young teenager could basically do what the whole government of the United States and Canada could not , finding the supposed terrorist by himself. I found this book very interesting and the team is perfectly defined, the only thing I did not like was that the book was very predictable to the end of the plot, but I can say that it was not a waisted of time reading this book. It is not the best fiction book i have read but it has its particular and defining development in the story that makes it a good one.
Date published: 2011-01-19

Editorial Reviews

"Printz Honor?winner Stratton (Chanda's Secrets) explores the genesis of and fallout from racial and religious discrimination in this thriller about a Muslim boy's life, which is turned on its head when his father is accused of collaborating with Islamic terrorists in a plot to contaminate the water supplies in New York City and Toronto....It's a powerful story and excellent resource for teaching tolerance, with a message that extends well beyond the timely subject matter."-Publisher's Weekly (starred review) ()