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A guide to Zeina Abirached's A Game for Swallows, a 2013 Batchelder Honor book.
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I had a hard time finding sources of images on the Lebanese Civil War, and I wish I'd thought of checking Tumblr sooner. There are a number of images with the tag "Lebanese Civil War."

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Hariri Middle East Center | Atlantic Council

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The Atlantic Council's Hariri Middle East Center is a good source of information on issues related to the Middle East. The Atlantic Council is a nonpartisan public policy group, and the Center is named for Rafik Hariri, who served as Prime Minister of Lebanon during and after the war and was assassinated in 2005.

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Review: A Game For Swallows - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

Review: A Game For Swallows - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors | To Die, to Leave, to Return | Scoop.it
Cameron Hatheway writes; Now I know what you’re thinking; “Hey that looks a lot like Persepolis!” And I don’t blame you, for that was my initial reac
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Comic book reviewer Cameron Hatheway writes about the text and images in A Game for Swallows, and addresses comparisons to Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis.

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‘A Game for Swallows,’ by Zeina Abirached

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“A Game for Swallows,” Zeina Abirached’s account of her childhood in Lebanon in the 1980s, brings to mind Marjane Satrapi’s groundbreaking graphic memoir, “Persepolis.”
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The New York Times reviews A Game for Swallows.

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from “A Game for Swallows” - Words Without Borders

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An excerpt from A Game for Swallows published on the web site of Words without Borders, an organization that seeks to promote cultural understanding by promoting contemporary international literature.

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Lebanon profile

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Provides an overview of Lebanon, including key events and facts about a country which has often been at the centre of Middle Eastern conflicts
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The Middle East section of the BBC News site has a profile on Lebanon, including a timeline that covers the years when the war was taking place.

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Lebanon's Forgotten Civil War

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A Washington Post article from 1999 about life and art in Lebanon after the war. This page doesn't include the article's subheadline, which read, "No Monuments, No Histories Recall Conflict in Which 100,000 Died."

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Courtney Davis's comment, April 25, 2013 5:47 PM
I'm so glad your page has brought this book - and this piece of history - to light. I'm curious, what drew you to this title in particular?
Liz MacNeil's comment, April 25, 2013 6:44 PM
I hadn't read this or any other graphic memoir, but I like conventional memoir and am intrigued by the idea. I also think we can learn a lot by reading the stories of people who grow up in countries where wars are taking place.
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AUB: The Lebanese Civil War and the Taif Agreement

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An overview of the Lebanese Civil War from the American University of Beirut.

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Amy Dean's comment, April 26, 2013 3:22 PM
I've been wanting to read "A Game for Swallows" for awhile. This resource really helps put the book in context.
Kim Rowley's comment, April 28, 2013 5:29 PM
I'm not familiar with the "A Game for Swallows" but I like the variety of scoopits that you chose and that they allow for more in-depth insight to the book.
Liz MacNeil's comment, April 29, 2013 4:27 PM
Thanks for your comments! I'm finding it hard to find good informational resources on the Middle East because the issues are so complex. I found one that's written for kids but wasn't sure if the facts were all accurate.
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Reviews of the 2013 Batchelder Award winners - The Horn Book

Reviews of the 2013 Batchelder Award winners - The Horn Book | To Die, to Leave, to Return | Scoop.it
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Horn Book Magazine reviews the 2013 Batchelder Award winnders, including A Game for Swallows.

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Sarah Sullivan's comment, April 26, 2013 12:50 PM
This book really sounds amazing. I am always drawn to books with a wartime setting, but it is usually one of the big World Wars. I hope this book helps pave the way for the stories that come from lesser known, but still horrendous situations. It needn't be a major World War to have a profound effect on a community.
Liz MacNeil's comment, April 26, 2013 3:13 PM
I agree. In some ways, the story is simple. The events take place in the space of one day, mostly inside of one room, but you get a sense of what’s going on outside, and what has been going on for years at that point. It doesn’t take very long to read, but it’s really powerful.
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Welcome to the (Mildred L.) Batchelder Award home page | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

Welcome to the (Mildred L.) Batchelder Award home page | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) | To Die, to Leave, to Return | Scoop.it
Information about the current winners of ALSC's Mildred L.
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Home page for the Batchelder Award, given annually by ALA to an outstanding children's book originally published outside the US, in a language other than English.

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