I'm really interested in the Middle East and this book got my attention from the first sentence! This is a unique story of Mosul and its struggles with ISIS, told from the perspective of a zookeeper, Abu Laith. Books like this are incredibly important as they tell the story of real people who are dealing with violence, rather than just numbers like we normally hear on the news.
Abu Laith is a zookeeper who has always loved animals and knew he wanted to work with them and learned all he knows from National Geographic. I cannot wait to read more about Abu Laith and his lions.