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 the small villages dotting the vast landscape through reading books and learning English. Of course, their current language is Swahili. Fiona receives help with the library by a man named 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, wit, and drama, The Camel Bookmobile will be sure to brighten your day. It was one of those books that left me with my head leaning back in my chair with a huge smile on my face!!
February 24, 2011