The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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"In the Koran, the first thing God said to Muhammad was 'Read.'"*
--Alia Muhammad Baker

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. Illustrated by Jeanette Winter in bright acrylic and ink.

Includes an author's note.
*From the New York Times, July 27, 2003

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User Review  - Ebarclift13 - LibraryThing

This is a historical fiction story based on the events of a real woman. As the Americans began to invade Iraq, a woman, the local librarian, became terribly concerned about the state of the library ... Read full review

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User Review  - BethWal94 - LibraryThing

In this historical fiction book, we are told the story of a librarian who wants to protect her books from the war that was beginning in Iraq. She and her friends have heard about the war that was ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

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

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