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The librarian of Basra

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

In french: La bibliothécaire de Bassora.

"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".

  • 8 years old and up

  • War, resistance, solidarity, hope, biography

  • Found at Laval and Montreal librairies

Of course, this book would be perfect for a history lesson and even a research project! There are a bunch of english ressource to work with this book over here.

To purchase on Amazon, click here.

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