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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace (April 18, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152003711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152003715
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When his father lands a job in Tanzania, 14-year-old Chris travels with him. But before they even arrive in their new home, the small plane they are riding is involved in a freak accident with a swarm of vultures, leaving Chris, his father and the pilot stranded on the Serengeti Plain. Relatively uninjured, Chris decides to walk 30 miles to a site where he believes he can find help. On his way, he dodges poachers and becomes involved in a mystic symbiotic relationship with an aging lion. In its essentials, this tale recalls Jean George's Julie of the Wolves and Gary Paulsen's Hatchet. The book's anti-poaching message is laudable, and the author's intense affection for Africa and its animals (if not its people) is very much in evidence. Unfortunately, these good intentions are not remedy enough for the deadly combination of adjective-laden sentences and cartoon-like characters. Ages 8-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 5-9-- A plane crash in Tanzania leaves Chris responsible for the survival of his father and the pilot, both badly injured. After a suspenseful confrontation with a pride of lions, the boy sets off on foot to search for help. His fate is strangely intertwined with that of an aging male lion who is losing control of his pride. As the action develops, the two grow increasingly conscious of the vague bond that links their fates, and each saves the other's life at least once. The narrative shifts fairly smoothly from Chris's point of view to the lion's, and also follows the actions of Mike Taylor, a tour guide who is pursuing poachers in the same region. The novel is full of vivid descriptions of the life and land of Africa, although at times the flowery prose disrupts the flow of the story. The opening chapters that lead up to the plane crash are rather slow, but after that the pace is fast and the story compelling. Chris shows bravery and ingenuity throughout his adventure, but never comes fully alive as a character. While other survival stories, such as Paulsen's Hatchet (Bradbury, 1987), focus more on the growth and development of the hero, The Place of Lions is more concerned with the environment. Overall, the exciting action in a fascinating setting, coupled with the intriguing spiritual element, make this a worthwhile and thought-provoking book. --Steven Engelfried, Pleasanton Library, CA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I teach upper elementary gifted children, and have been teaching reading through the use of novels for twelve years. The Place of Lions touched me on a profound level. It is a beautiful book highlighting a spiritual connection between a fourteen year old boy and an aging lion. Connections between this novel and the story in The Lion King are easy to make. The Serengeti is portrayed as savage and hostile to intruders, yet the animals who live there are noble and proud as they move through the circle of life. The main characters, Chris Harris and the old lion, struggle along a common path and make a connection that defies explanation or belief. Each one ends up proving that he has a brave heart. Sophisticated readers may appreciate this book the most because it is so much more than a mere action-adventure story. The students in my novel groups have enjoyed The Place of Lions immensely, and I am emotionally moved each time I discuss the book with them. What a treat!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1997
Format: Paperback
The Place of Lions is a book that personally motivated and inspired me in the beginning of my writing career. It is filled with messages that you must truly contemplate to understand, and spiritual as well as inspirational morals. It has been called 'compelling,' 'thought provoking', and so on, but I can say no more than what I already have---The Place Of Lions is a book of sheer mystical magic, set beneath the hot red eye of Africa. The plot of the book begins when Chris's father decides to mount a vacation in Tanzania for a few years. A horrendous plane crash occurs, landing Chris and his father, as well as the critically wounded pilot, in the unforgiving savannah---right in the middle of the territory of a pride of lions. Chris soon learns that he must travel to the village nearby armed with only a canteen half filled with water to get help. He knows that the journey can not be made alone...but with the help of a lion's strength and courage, he just might make it...
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I read this book aloud to my 5th grade class every year for several years. By the end of the book they were begging me to read just a little more. This is a wonderful story of survival in a land where everything is designed for survival of the fittest, and the fittest is definitely not a 14 year old boy from England. At times funny, at other times terrifying, this is a must read.
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By A Customer on June 11, 2003
Format: School & Library Binding
This is a book that I think any body should read. Not because I think some day it will become a classic but just for the simply fact that it is a wonderful book! It brings to life so many wonderful things. So my advice READ IT!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 19, 2003
Format: School & Library Binding
I was assigned this book
it was supposed to be good
it [was weak]
....
The author was very descriptive, which I usually enjoy, but this guy spend two or three pages describing one little ThINg!! The book is slower than molasses (no, really), and he portrays a rich American as a cuss-o-matic [fool] ...
Summary:
Ok they move to Tanzania. Their plane crashes, and Chris needs to help his father and their pilot survive (this part happens in chapter 7 out of 19!!) ...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 21, 2003
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i read this book in my class at school. we all agreed that we defenately liked other books better but when we started thinking about the deeper picture, this book has great meaning. yes, the only part of the book that you had trouble putting down was at the end, although this book has only slightly exiting parts and the story moves fairly slow this book really made us think. there were 2 major themes that really were the idea of the storyline and without them the book would just be a jumble of words. Eric Campell does an amazing job on showing the deeper image of life. i loved this boook.
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