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What would you do in the middle of a war? Louise Callaghan, a Middle East journalist, researched and wrote this true story of Abu Laith who is responsible for a lion, a bear, his huge family and how they live in Mosul during the time that ISIS comes in and takes over.
All Abu knows about animals has been learned by watching National Geographic.

I lost count how many children he has. He was a widower and he married a widow. Both had children and they have children together. Callaghan’s descriptions of when ISIS takes over Mosul are vivid and I felt like I was there with them. I sometimes had to put the book down and take a break. These people were extraordinary. Emotions of fear, sadness, laughter, strong will and many others were felt while reading. Abu is a true hero in his quest to take care of Simba and his family. I recommend this book. It is one I will not forget. Thank you Bookishfirst for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.