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The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

Category: Book
By (author): Winter, Jeanette
Subject:  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Military & Wars
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / Middle East
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: September 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 32
Size: 10.75in x 8.00in x 0.40in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Alia Muhammad Baker's library in Basra, Iraq, has been a meeting place for those who love books for the past fourteen years. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library--along with the thirty thousand books within it--will be destroyed forever.

In this incredible true story of a war-stricken country where civilians seem powerless in the face of battle, this feminist and inspirational tale about a librarian's struggle to save her community's priceless collection of books reminds us how, throughout the world, the love of literature can unite us all. 

From The Publisher*

The hopeful and inspiring true story of the Librarian of Basra-a brave woman who, with the help of her community, refuses to let the war raging in Iraq destroy her priceless collection of books. 

Review Quote*

* "This is an important story that puts a human face on the victims of war and demonstrates that a love of books and learning is a value that unites people everywhere." - School Library Journalâ€"

"Winter isolates another true story of everyday heroism against a tragic backdrop. The librarian's quiet bravery serves as a point of entry into a freighted topic.-Booklist

"Timely and moving." -Better Homes and Gardens

"As spare yet penetrating as the narrative, Winter's boldly hued, acrylic and pen illustrations depict the frantic book salvaging effort against a bright orange and burnt sienna backdrop of bomb- and gunfire-lit skies and the subsequent, heartbreaking library fire." -Publishers Weekly

"Created with strength and courage, like Alia's devotion to the books in her charge." -Kirkus

Biographical Note

JEANETTE WINTER has illustrated many books for children, includingDay of the Dead by Tony Johnston and her ownCalavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book,My Name Is Georgia, and Josefina. She lives in New York City.