Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq

Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq

by Mark Alan Stamaty


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The inspiring story of an Iraqi librarian's courageous fight to save books from the Basra Central Library before it was destroyed in the war.
It is 2003 and Alia Muhammad Baker, the chief librarian of the Central Library in Basra, Iraq, has grown worried given the increased likelihood of war in her country. Determined to preserve the irreplacable records of the culture and history of the land on which she lives from the destruction of the war, Alia undertakes a courageous and extremely dangerous task of spiriting away 30,000 books from the library to a safe place.
Told in dramatic graphic-novel panels by acclaimed cartoonist Mark Alan Stamaty, Alia's Mission celebrates the importance of books and the freedom to read, while examining the impact of war on a country and its people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375857638
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/09/2010
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 451,010
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Mark Alan Stamaty lives in New York City.

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Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This brief graphic novel tells the true story of Alia Muhammad Baker, who saved the library in Basra, Iraq from destruction. Passionate about books and dedicated to preserving the culture of her hometown, Alia manually transported library books to safe places. She started the efforts herself, gradually recruiting more people from the neighborhood when the government ignored her plight. Thanks to her efforts and the efforts of all the volunteers, tens of thousands of books were removed before the library was burned down. It's an inspiring story (especially for us librarians!).