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A Game for Swallows
To Die, To Leave, To Return
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By Zeina Abirached
Illustrated by Zeina Abirached
©2012
Graphic Universe ™

ISBN-10: 0-7613-8568-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-8568-4

Pages: 192
Trim Size: 6 5/8 x 9 1/4
Dewey: 741.5
Reading Level: 7

Interest Level: 7-12
Ages: 12-18

ATOS Quiz #: 153208
ATOS AR Points: 1.00
ATOS: 3.40

Lexile Level: 680
12 Award(s)
7 Review(s)
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by Zeina Abirached

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, separate...
Author Biography, Black-and-White Illustrations, Foreword, Original Artwork
About the Author
Zeina Abirached was born in Beirut in the middle of the civil war. She studied graphic arts in Lebanon but moved to Paris in 2004, where she attended the National School of Decorative Arts. In 2006, she published her first two graphic novels with publisher Cambourakis, Beyrouth-Catharsis and 38, Rue Youssef Semaani. Her short animated film Mouton was nominated during the fifth international film festival in Tehran. Je Me Souviens Beyrouth (I Remember Beirut), the follow-up to A Game For Swallows, was published in French by Cambourakis in 2008.
About the Illustrator
Zeina Abirached was born in Beirut in the middle of the civil war. She studied graphic arts in Lebanon but moved to Paris in 2004, where she attended the National School of Decorative Arts. In 2006, she published her first two graphic novels with publisher Cambourakis, Beyrouth-Catharsis and 38, Rue Youssef Semaani. Her short animated film Mouton was nominated during the fifth international film festival in Tehran. Je Me Souviens Beyrouth (I Remember Beirut), the follow-up to A Game For Swallows, was published in French by Cambourakis in 2008.
ALA Notable Children's Books
Batchelder Award
Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
Junior Library Guild Selection
Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2012 Teen Books
Middle East Book Award
Notable Books for a Global Society
Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List
USBBY Outstanding International Books List
YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
School Library Journal
"Bold, graphic, black-and-white images are visually and emotionally striking.... This superb memoir is destined to become a classic." --starred, School Library Journal
ForeWord Magazine
"While this thought-provoking memoir educates American readers on this foreign war, it also encourages them to appreciate their own freedom, safety, and comforts and to build their own communities. One night can change a lifetime." --Foreword Magazine
The New York Times Book Review
"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.

For young readers, 'A Game for Swallows' will come as a revelation. At a time when the Middle East is still in turmoil and when Americans have suffered losses of electricity and other necessities during recent storms and floods, this is a story that will hit home even as it causes young, impressionable eyes to look at life abroad." --The New York Times

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