"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.
|Recommended Age||5 - 10|
|Publication Date||Jan 1, 2005|
|Publisher||Harcourt Children's Books|