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Yara's Spring

By: Sharon E. McKay

Illustrator: Nahid Kazemi

Growing up in East 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.

Author’s note. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9781773214405

JLG Release: Dec 2020

Sensitive Areas: Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion , Language: Infrequent Use
Topics: Arab Spring , Aleppo, Syria , Damascus, Syria , Refugees , Siblings , Friendship , Survival , Family life , Selective mutism  

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Book Details



First Release

December 2020



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

9" x 5 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 4.3; Points: 10;

Scholastic Reading Counts



Level 620L


Print Book


Hardcover edition


Annick Press

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion , Language: Infrequent Use


Arab Spring, Aleppo, Syria, Damascus, Syria, Refugees, Siblings, Friendship, Survival, Family life, Selective mutism, 

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