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The Girl Who Saw Lions

Written by Berlie Doherty

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2018 

An eye-opening book, The Girl Who Saw Lions (originally published as Abela) is the touching and profound story of two girls who apparently have nothing in common. The two girls tell their own stories. Abela, growing up in Tanzania, is surrounded by suffering. Her father has already died and now her mother and her baby sister are desperately ill. When they die too, Abela is sent off to England and an uncertain future as an illegal immigrant. Rosa, growing up in England, has everything she could possibly want. There is no reason why these two should become sisters. Their individual stories and the story of how they come together through adoption make a beautiful, satisfying and complete story. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for January 2018

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by by Mem Fox

Words and Your Heart by Kate Jane Neal

Emmeline and the Plucky Pup by Megan Rix

Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy

The Girl Who Saw Lions by Berlie Doherty

The Poesy Ring by Bob Graham

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The Girl Who Saw Lions Synopsis

Two girls, from very different places, are brought together in a tale of loss, courage and family. Abela has lost everything, and now she must leave her home in Tanzania and flee to Britain. Rosa's struggling to cope with her mum's wish to adopt a child. When they are brought together, will Abela and Rosa ever be able to love one another like sisters?

From the Carnegie Medal-winning author Berlie Doherty, The Girl Who Saw Lions is a powerful and moving story, inspired by the author's visit to Africa.

The Girl Who Saw Lions Press Reviews

An involving, moving and, above all, relevant novel that ought to be in every school library in the land and put into the hands of as many children as possible  Guardian

Excellent . . . what could be an unbearably sad tale is made compulsively readable by a writer of grace and skill -- Nicholas Tucker  Independent

A very moving book and highly recommended  Birmingham Post

The strength of the story is the author's empathy with all her characters, and her skill in engaging the reader with their feelings  Books for Keeps

Well-written, with very real characters, this latest Doherty title is a heart-breaking yet ultimately hopeful examination of HIV/Aids, child trafficking and adoption  The Bookseller

Touching and well-told story  Publishing News

Beautifully written . . . Highly recommended for class reading   School Librarian

An enticing narrative told in two parallel stories that converge in a satisfying ending  School Library Journal

A fascinating read for young people with a social conscience    Northern Echo

Doherty's story of a Tanzanian girl in search of a new family in Britain remains extremely topical -- Fiona Noble  The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9781783446469
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783446469
Publication date: 4th January 2018
Author: Berlie Doherty
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Personal Social Health Economic , Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks
Other Categories: Bookshelf Essentials

About Berlie Doherty

Berlie Doherty is one of the UK’s favourite children’s authors. She has been writing for over twenty years and is published in more than twenty languages. She is a prolific writer of novels, storybooks, picture books, and plays. Berlie lives in Derbyshire. To read a question and answer session with Berlie Doherty please click here.  

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