The Librarian of Basra
by Jeanette Winter
This award-winning true story includes depictions of property damage that results from a bombing during the invasion of Iraq. As appropriate for her audience, Winter's bright, folk-art style does much to mute the horrific realities of war, but please preview the title to decide if it is appropriate for use in your community. American Reading Company is not able to accept returns for this item.
Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library--along with the thirty thousand books within it--will be destroyed forever. In a war-stricken country where civilians--especially women--have little power, this true story about a librarian's struggle to save her community's priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries.