The Camel Bookmobile: A Novel

Paperback | April 1, 2008

byMasha Hamilton

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Fiona Sweeney wants to do something that matters, and she chooses to make her mark in the arid bush of northeastern Kenya. By helping to start a traveling library, she hopes to bring the words of Homer, Hemingway, and Dr. Seuss to far-flung tiny communities where people live daily with drought, hunger, and disease. Her intentions are honorable, and her rules are firm: due to the limited number of donated books, if any one of them is not returned, the bookmobile will not return.

But, encumbered by her Western values, Fi does not understand the people she seeks to help. And in the impoverished small community of Mididima, she finds herself caught in the middle of a volatile local struggle when the bookmobile's presence sparks a dangerous feud between the proponents of modernization and those who fear the loss of traditional ways.

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Fiona Sweeney wants to do something that matters, and she chooses to make her mark in the arid bush of northeastern Kenya. By helping to start a traveling library, she hopes to bring the words of Homer, Hemingway, and Dr. Seuss to far-flung tiny communities where people live daily with drought, hunger, and disease. Her intentions are h...

A journalist who has worked for NBC Mutual Radio, theLos Angeles Times, the Associated Press, and other well-known news organizations, Masha Hamilton is the author ofThe Distance Between UsandStaircase of a Thousand Steps. She lives with her family in New York City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:April 1, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061173495

ISBN - 13:9780061173493

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Camel Bookmobile...Fantastic! Fiona Sweeney is a 36-year-old librarian from New York. She decides, somewhat naively, to move to Garissa, Kenya in Africa in the hope of educating the children and adults of small villages dotting the vast landscape through reading books and learning English. Of course, their current language is Swahili. Fiona receives help from Mr. Abasi and soon her mobile library becomes a reality, thanks to the ‘camels’ who carry the books over the rugged terrain! As they set off, the village of Mididima becomes her favourite stop and there she meets a cast of characters you will come to love. Written with humour, naivete, drama and wit, The Camel Bookmobile will be sure to brighten your day! It was one of those books that left me leaning my head back and smiling!
Date published: 2011-02-24

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