The Librarian of Basra
"When war seemed imminent, Alia Muhammad Baker, chief librarian of Basra's Central Library, was determined to protect the library's holdings. in spite of the government's refUSAl to help, she moved the books into a nearby restaurant only nine days before the library burned to the ground. When the fighting moved on, this courageous woman transferred the 30,000 volumes to her and her friends' homes to await peace and the rebuilding of a new library... Winter artfully achieves a fine balance between honestly describing the casualties of war and not making the story too frightening for young children... it is in the illustrations ... ThatWinter suggests the impending horror." - SLJ Ages 4-8.