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The Girl Who Saw Lions Hardcover – April 1, 2008

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–8—The Girl Who Saw Lions is an enticing narrative told in two parallel stories that converge in a satisfying ending. Abela, who lives in Tanzania, has become an orphan due to AIDS. After her parents die, her uncle schemes her away from her loving but poor grandmother, with the idea of selling her for adoption in England. Meanwhile, Rosa, who lives with her mother in England, has never quite fit in at school. When she learns that her mother is thinking about adopting a child from Tanzania, she is resistant because it might break up the special bond that they share. It is obvious just a few chapters into the book that there is a connection between Rosa and Abela—two very different girls who at first are separated both physically and metaphorically by a thousand miles. Doherty takes on multiple complex subjects including female circumcision, child trafficking, cross-culture adoption, and the death of relatives. At times, the number of issues threatens to overwhelm the story, but, ultimately, patient readers will be rewarded.—Ernie Bond, Salisbury University, MD
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In a village in Tanzania, Africa, nine-year-old AIDS orphan Abela is tricked by her uncle into leaving her beloved grandmother and traveling on a forged passport to England. Once there, she finds herself locked up alone and in danger until she’s finally able to run away. In Sheffield, England, Rosa, 13, is blissfully happy with her loving single-parent mom until Mom decides to adopt a child: Is Rosa no longer good enough? Of course, it’s clear that the girls will eventually get together, but tension builds in their alternating narratives, which include many truly surprising twists and turns along the way. Most powerful is the contrast between the protected daughter in a safe family and the unwanted orphan sustained by memories of the loving village community she has lost. The parallel stories of unbearable sorrow and hope dramatize what family means. Grades 6-12. --Hazel Rochman

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 10
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596433779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596433779
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a really great book. I so much loved reading it. It tells two stories of two very different girls and worlds, which have a connection, not knowing it until the end. Whoever thinks about fostering or adopting a child, or just loves true, authentic, inspiring words, should read this book.
It surely shows, how strong real loved, received in the early childhood, can be in a child's life, that has to overcome traumatic obstacles in his young life. Very impressive, very touching, very much recommended!!!
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As a fan of young adult books, I found the premise of the book interesting although I thought the execution was lacking. The storyline about a young African girl who through a series of events and told through different viewpoints finds her way to London. I enjoyed the book but felt that the storyline had the potential to create a more powerful connection with the characters. Anyone looking to purchase this book for a child should be aware that there are some adult themes in this book including genital mutilation and sex trafficking, as well as other less-risque themes of racial identity, adoption, and the foster system in England. Overall, not a bad read but one that an adult should be prepared to discuss with children as they explore some themes they otherwise may not have been introduced to.
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