Nour’s Secret Library

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When bombs hit the city of Damascus, Nour and Amir go into hiding down in a basement along with thirty other people. Dark and damp in the basement, they can only read books or newspapers and play card games. One day, on a trip to buy bread, Amir returns with books he found in the streets. Nour and Amir plan their secret library in an abandoned basement. Many people visit the secret library as it offers people a safe haven from all the darkness.

Inspired by true events during the Syrian civil war, this story plays homage to books. Books allow people to escape and cope with disasters, and they provide some hope. Sadly, the Syrian civil war is still ongoing, along with other wars. This book was a great story to read to my children so we can talk about the numerous wars that are happening in our world.

I really appreciate the inclusion of the author and illustrator’s note and all the information that was provided about Syria. I also appreciate the mentioning of the war and bombs was done in a gentle way so it’s suitable for all ages. I highly recommend this book to all children.

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Author Wafa' Tarnowska
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 32 pages
Publisher Barefoot Books
Publish Date 14-Mar-2022
ISBN 9781646862917 Buy this Book
Issue March 2022
Category Children's