Books: Fiction

Trouble in Timbuktu

Book – Fiction. By Cristina Kessler. 2009. 368 pages.
Two young people take great risks to protect the ancient manuscripts of their city from being stolen by two tourists.

Themes: World History/Global Studies

In this young adult adventure novel, set in Timbuktu, teenagers Ayisha and Ahmed take great risks to protect the ancient manuscripts of their city from being stolen by two tourists. They learn of the plot while Ahmed is serving as a guide for the U.S. tourists who don’t know he speaks English. The novel introduces the reader to contemporary life in Timbuktu and the 11th – 14th century history of Timbuktu as a renowned center of scholarship and commerce. This book was one of four selected to receive the 2010 Children’s Africana Book Award.

ISBN: 9780399244513 | Published by Philomel.