The Camel Bookmobile

The Camel Bookmobile

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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.

Baker & Taylor
Establishing a bookmobile in a destitute Kenya village, well-intentioned Fiona Sweeny inadvertently renews a decades-old tribal feud involving a camel-powered bookmobile and prior efforts to promote local education. By the author of Staircase of a Thousand Steps. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780061871498
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Feb 18, 2019

I enjoyed reading this very much. The characters were varied, and unusual, for me. I was glad to see the topic brought up of "how would an American know what the people in poor African villages need?"

Dec 10, 2009

An excellent contrast of tribal african life with the busy american life. goes indepth on a personal level of relationships, while trying to solve the mystery of the books.
really makes one think about the important things in life, gives a new perspective.


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Apr 08, 2011

Naive American woman takes a library on camels to addenda and learns more than they do.


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