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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
    ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-8568-4
    AR Quiz #: 153208
    AR Points: 1.00
    ATOS Level: 3.40
    Lexile Level: 680
    SRC Reading Level: 5.2
    Pages: 192
    Trim Size: 6 5/8 x 9 1/4
    Dewey: 741.5
    Reading Grade Level: 7
    Interest Grade Level: 7-12
    Ages: 12-18
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    DESCRIPTION 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, 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.

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    Book Features
    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. A Game For Swallows (Graphic Universe, 2012) has won numerous awards, including being named an ALA Notable Children's Book and a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens. Je Me Souviens Beyrouth (I Remember Beirut), the follow-up to A Game For Swallows, was published in French by Cambourakis in 2008.
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    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. A Game For Swallows (Graphic Universe, 2012) has won numerous awards, including being named an ALA Notable Children's Book and a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens. Je Me Souviens Beyrouth (I Remember Beirut), the follow-up to A Game For Swallows, was published in French by Cambourakis in 2008.
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    Awards for this Title
    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
    Starred Reviews
    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
    Other Reviews
    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