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Jamal Saeed

Jamal Saeed spent a dozen years as a prisoner of conscience in a Syrian prison before being invited to Canada in 2016. Now living in Kingston, Ontario, Saeed works as an activist, editor, visual artist, and author. His work raises awareness about Syria’s ongoing civil war and humanitarian crisis.

Fiction (Juvenile)

Yara’s Spring

Authored with Sharon E. McKay.
Drawings by Nahid Kazemi.
Toronto: Annick Press, 2020.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

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.


Publisher Annick Press