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Abela

Written by Berlie Doherty

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LoveReading View on Abela

An eye-opening book, 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

Republished under the new title The Girl Who Saw Lions.

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award for ‘the book I couldn’t put down’. 

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Abela Synopsis

'Be strong, my Abela'. These are the last words of Abela's mother in their HIV/Aids stricken African village where it seems that to live or to die, to be sick or to be healthy, is just a matter of chance. It takes all Abela's strength to survive her Uncle Thomas' scheming to get to Europe, but what will be her fate as an illegal immigrant?

Abela 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: 9781842707258
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781842707258
Publication date: 5th June 2008
Author: Berlie Doherty
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

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 Photo © Hamish Hamilton To read a question and answer session with Berlie Doherty please click here.  

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