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Nour's Secret Library

Wafa' Tarnowska Vali Mintzi

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Barefoot Books
01 March 2022
Forced to take shelter when their Syrian city is plagued with bombings, young Nour and her cousin begin to bravely build a secret underground library. Based on the author's own life experience and inspired by a true story, Nour's Secret Library is about the power of books to heal, transport and create safe spaces during difficult times. Illustrations by Romanian artist Vali Mintzi superimpose the colourful world the children construct over black-and-white charcoal depictions of the battered city. AGES: 6 to 10 AUTHOR: Wafa' Tarnowska is an award-winning writer, translator and storyteller. She was born in Lebanon and has worked and lived in several countries from India, to Australia, to the UAE as well as Cyprus and Lebanon. She currently lives between the UK and Poland, writing, translating books and documentaries and offering storytelling sessions in English and Arabic. Wafa' sees herself as a cultural bridge between East and West, and has also written the award-winning The Arabian Nights for Barefoot Books. Vali Mintzi was born in Romania and studied at the prestigious Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. She works as an illustrator and graphic editor for the children's art magazine Einayim. In 2012 she was awarded The Israel Museum Ben-Yitzhak Award for the Illustration of a Children's Book. Her vibrant and evocative style is influenced by painters such as Bonnard, Hockney and Matisse. She has also illustrated The Girl with a Brave Heart for Barefoot Books. SELLING POINTS: . An age-appropriate window into the lives of children who are surrounded by war. . Author Wafa' Tarnowska was deeply impacted by her experience during Lebanon's civil war in 1975 - forced to hide out underground to survive, and finding tremendous comfort in books. So when she read the true story of a secret library in Syria, she instantly identified with the experience of the children there. Wafa' drew on inspiration from both her own life and also from the true story of the secret library to tell a universal tale - the tale of the joy of reading during times of trauma and stress. . Readers see Nour's family in Syria, both before and after the war, showing how war can transform a place and its ways of life. . Nour and the other children display bravery and ingenuity as they create a beautiful world while experiencing the hardships of war. . Detailed endnotes contain information about Syria, the real secret library of Darayya, Syria, famous libraries of the Middle East, and more.
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Illustrated by:   Vali Mintzi
Imprint:   Barefoot Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 272mm,  Width: 216mm,  Spine: 4mm
Weight:   163g
ISBN:   9781646862924
ISBN 10:   1646862929
Pages:   32
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 6 to 10 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Wafa' Tarnowska is an award-winning writer, translator and storyteller. She was born in Lebanon and has worked and lived in several countries from India, to Australia, to the UAE as well as Cyprus and Lebanon. She currently lives between the UK and Poland, writing, translating books and documentaries and offering storytelling sessions in English and Arabic. Wafa' sees herself as a cultural bridge between East and West, and has also written the award-winning The Arabian Nights for Barefoot Books.

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