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Take part in OverDrive's Big Library Read for April 2019

Written by · Published Mar 11, 2019

From 1 - 15 April, you can borrow Homes: a refugee story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung on OverDrive without a wait list and join in a worldwide discussion.

“In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria – just before the Syrian civil war broke out. Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night.

Homes tells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy – soccer, cousins, video games, friends. It is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone – and found safety in Canada – with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria.

“As told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria.”

As with physical library books, OverDrive titles’ availability is usually subject to demand from other users. By taking such restrictions off the eBook of Homes: a refugee story for two weeks, OverDrive have given readers at thousands of libraries the opportunity to borrow this book simultaneously, encouraging them to read and discuss it.

You can borrow Homes: a refugee story, find out more about the book and join the discussion from the Suffolk Libraries OverDrive catalogue from 1 - 15 April. For help setting up OverDrive, please see our OverDrive instructions page.