The Camel Bookmobile

The Camel Bookmobile

A Novel

Book - 2007
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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.

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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 Kenyan village, well-intentioned Fiona Sweeney inadvertently renews a decades-old tribal feud involving a camel-powered bookmobile and prior efforts to promote local education.

Publisher: New York : Harper Collins, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061173486
0061173487
Branch Call Number: FIC HAM
Characteristics: 308 p. ;,22 cm.

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gem_canadian
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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snoad
Apr 08, 2011

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

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