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

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Graphic Universe, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 188 pages
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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 her 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 safehome. Zeina Abirached, born into a Lebanese Christian family in 1981, has collected her childhood recollections of Beirut in a warm story about the strength of family and community.

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

User Review  - Sara (LitHacker.com) - Goodreads

This is the most graphic Graphic Novel I've read so far, and by that I do not mean graphic as in violence, but graphic as in visual styles. Yes, the black and white style and Middle Eastern 1980s ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Michelle Pegram - Goodreads

This graphic novel is the story of two young children who live with their parents in an apartment in Lebanon in 1984 during the civil war which has been going on for 9 years. They live in the foyer of ... Read full review

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