Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq
Remember Earl’s list of great books related to librarians and libraries? I decided to check out the graphic novel called Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq. I gave the title five stars and have included a review below:
Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq tells the remarkable story of Iraqi librarian, Alia Muhammad Baker. In 2003, Alia knew that her library- the Central Library of Basra- could be targeted in the impending war. She courageously begins smuggling books out of the library and brings them to the safety of her home. Other residents of Basra- including the owner of a restaurant close to the library- work with Alia to save the library collection. Alia and her neighbors were able to save over 30,000 books before the library was destroyed. This graphic novel celebrates the importance of books and reading. It also serves as an excellent way to introduce younger readers to the impact of war on a country and its people. An inspiring read with outstanding illustrations.