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Children's Fiction Middle East

Yara’s Spring

by (author) Jamal Saeed & Sharon E. McKay

drawings by Nahid Kazemi

Publisher
Annick Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Category
Middle East, Violence, Emigration & Immigration
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781773214412
    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
    List Price
    $18.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 6 to 9
  • Reading age: 10 to 14

Description

Coming of age against all odds in the midst of the Arab Spring.

Growing up in Aleppo, Yara’s childhood has long been shadowed by the coming revolution. But when the Arab Spring finally arrives at Yara’s doorstep, it is worse than even her Nana imagined: sudden, violent, and deadly. When rescuers dig Yara out from under the rubble that was once her family’s home, she emerges to a changed world. Her parents and Nana are gone, and her brother, Saad, can’t speak—struck silent by everything he’s seen. Now, with her friend Shireen and Shireen’s charismatic brother, Ali, Yara must try to find a way to safety. With danger around every corner, Yara is pushed to her limits as she discovers how far she’ll go for her loved ones—and for a chance for freedom. 

Crafted through the focused lens of Jamal Saeed’s own experiences in Syria and brought to life with acclaimed author Sharon E. McKay, Yara’s Spring is a story of coming of age against all odds and the many kinds of love that bloom even in the face of war.

About the authors

Jamal Saeed spent twelve years as a prisoner of consciousness in Syria before being invited to Canada in 2016. He continues to raise awareness about Syria’s ongoing civil war and humanitarian crisis through his work as an activist, editor, visual artist, and author. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Jamal Saeed's profile page

Sharon E. McKay is the award-winning author of many books based on real events, including War Brothers: The Graphic Novel and Thunder Over Kandahar. She was also named a Canadian War Artist and spent time in Afghanistan embedded with the Canadian troops. She lives in Prince Edward Island.

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NAHID KAZEMIis an artist, illustrator and graphic designer with a master’s degree in painting from Tehran’s University of Art. She has published more than sixty children’s books and has received awards for her illustrations in Iran as well as nominations for the Governor General’s Award and the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Her recent publications include I’m Glad That You’re Happy, which she wrote and illustrated, and Over the Rooftops, Under the Moon by JonArno Lawson. She has also taught art and has exhibited her work in Iran, France, Italy, the UK, Lebanon and Serbia. Nahid lives in Montreal.

 

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Editorial Reviews

“Remarkable.” 

CM Reviews, 06/05/20

“A tribute to refugees that shows them as the courageous survivors of unimaginable trauma.” 

Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 07/28/20

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