Alia's Mission by Mark Alan Stamaty
Saving the Books of Iraq

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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.

 

About Mark Alan Stamaty

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Mark Alan Stamaty's political cartoons and comic strips have appeared in Time, The Village Voice, and The Washington Post. He is a cartoonist for The New York Times Book Review and the online magazine Slats.
 
Published November 28, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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Alia was the librarian of Basra in Iraq, who, as American and British soldiers came to topple Saddam, increasingly feared for her book collection, “the irreplaceable collective memory of our people.” When she could not get official help, she moved thousands of volumes into her own home and, with ...

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Crisp graphic-novel panels rendered in pen-and-ink with pencil and gray wash play up the urgency of and dramatically recreate Alia Baker's efforts to save the books of the Basra library in Iraq

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After depicting the sad sight of the library engulfed in flames days later, and Baker's resulting stroke, Stamaty ends his account on a hopeful note, explaining that the resilient Baker has turned her attention to the design and building of a new library.

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