Cat Man of Aleppo

DUE IN APRIL: Even as war raged in his beloved city of Aleppo, Alaa stayed to continue his work as an ambulance driver, caring for his people as others sought safety elsewhere.  He began to notice an abundance of stray cats roaming the city, now homeless as their owners became refugees. His friends and family gone, big-hearted Alaa gave all his love to these cats.  This book gives humanity to tragedy so often ignored. My hope for readers: if you empathize with these cats, may you have empathy for the humans who were forced to leave them behind. Recommended by Mary
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ISBN: 9781984813787
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2020

The courageous and true story of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, who in the midst of the Syrian Civil War offered safe haven to Aleppo's abandoned cats.

Aleppo's city center no longer echoes with the rich, exciting sounds of copper-pot pounding and traditional sword sharpening. His neighborhood is empty--except for the many cats left behind.