Written and Illustrated by Jeanette Winter
“Alia Muhammad Baker is the librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, here 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.” © 2005 Hard cover