A Game for Swallows by Zeina Abirached
To Die, to Leave, to Return (Single Titles)

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The book’s strengths are myriad. Abirached is a lovely artist, and her characters’ faces are remarkably expressive. There is much humor, a welcome relief from the chaos and heartache of the human stories within.
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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, separated by bricks and sandbags and threatened by snipers and shelling. East Beirut is for Christians, and West Beirut is for Muslims. When Zeina's parents don't return one afternoon 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 it's comfy and safe, where they can share cooking lessons and games and gossip. Together they try to make it through a dramatic day in the one place they hoped they would always be safe—home.
 

About Zeina Abirached

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Zeina Abirached is an award-winning author and illustrator. In 2006, she published her first two graphic novels Beyrouth-Catharsis (Cambourakis) and 38 Rue Youssef Semaani (Cambourakis). Her short animated film Mouton was nominated during the fifth international film festival in Tehran. I Remember Beirut is her follow-up to her award-winning A Game for Swallows. She lives in Paris, France.
 
Published September 1, 2012 by Graphic Universe TM. 192 pages
Genres: History, Young Adult, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Pamela Paul on Nov 14 2012

The book’s strengths are myriad. Abirached is a lovely artist, and her characters’ faces are remarkably expressive. There is much humor, a welcome relief from the chaos and heartache of the human stories within.

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