Listening for Lions

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Harper Collins, Jul 26, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 194 pages
170 Reviews

Historical fiction with a wicked twist.

Listening for Lions is a breathtaking story of tragedy, deception, and triumph against all odds. National Book Award-winning author Gloria Whelan sets this richly historical coming-of-age adventure in British East Africa in the year 1918.

This irresistible novel entangles an orphaned girl in a deceit-filled plot. Young Rachel Sheridan is made to leave her beloved Africa for England, where she must pose as the deceased daughter of a nefarious couple in an effort to gain them an enormous inheritance. Her irrepressible spirit and extraordinary wit turn her from victim to heroine in a surprising and empowering tale of a remarkable young woman.


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Good story, good writing. - Goodreads
This is a great story with a strong female character! - Goodreads
Great insights into life in Africa. - Goodreads
Easy to follow with a bittersweet ending! - Goodreads
The plot was compelling and the characters endearing. - Goodreads
Strong female character - great girl book. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Harriette - Goodreads

This book of hope begins and ends in the Kenyan village of Tumaini (the Swahili word for hope). The plot centres around being true to one's identity and dreams. Its sympathetic portrayal of medical missions, Africa and colourful birds made it a pleasure to read. Read full review

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User Review  - Laurie - Goodreads

Good read for my 6th graders. Rachel manages to become who she was meant to be after facing tragedy and evil people. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Gloria Whelan is the bestselling author of many novels for young readers, including Homeless Bird, winner of the National Book Award, The Locked Garden, Parade of Shadows, and Listening for Lions. She lives in Michigan near Lake St. Clair.

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