Excellent, Primary, Middle East, war, children, refugees, Christians, Muslims.
Zeina is an energetic young girl caught, quite literally, in the firing line of the Lebanese Civil war. Zeina’s home city of Beirut is partitioned into two parts, the West side being Muslim and the East side being Christian. Crossing into either side follows a deadly risk of sniper fire. One day, Zeina’s parents take longer than usual to come home. Zeina grows very worried. To cheer Zeina up, her Grandmother tells of different stories of the family, neighbors, and friends. The reader is is taken on a journey of life in Lebanon along with its culture and everyday activities. After a terrifying bomb raid, Zeina's parents return home safely the next morning.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"A Game for Swallows: To Die, to leave, to return,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss3/5