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A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return

When Zeina was born, the civil war in Lebanon had been going on for six years, so it's just a normal part of life for her and her parents and little brother. The city of Beirut is cut in two by bricks and sandbags, threatened by snipers and shelling. East Beirut is for Christians, and West Beirut is for Muslims. When Zeina's parents don't return from a visit to the other half of the city, and the bombing grows ever closer, the neighbors in her apartment house create a world indoors for Zeina and her brother, where they can share cooking lessons and games and gossip. Together they try to make it through a dramatic evening in the one place they hoped they would always be safe, home.

Zeina Abirached, born into a Lebanese Christian family in 1981, has collected her childhood memories of Beirut in this warm graphic novel about the strength of family and community.

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"This superb memoir is destined to become a classic." -- School Library Journal

"Abirached’s readers will instantly empathize with those who do not readily have access to simple luxuries many take for granted—running water, electricity or the simple return of our loved ones from an outing—and this may perhaps spur them to re-examine what they may have otherwise overlooked. Quietly mesmerizing and thought-provoking." -- Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 15 and up
Author Zeina Abirached
Illustrator Zeina Abirached
ISBN 157505941X
Publication Date Aug 1, 2012
Publisher Graphic Universe
Language English