Principal’s Book of the Month

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

by Jeanette Winter

Alia Muhammad Bakeris 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.

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