Listening for Lions

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Harper Collins, Jul 26, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 194 pages
183 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
Great natural imagery (learned a lot about birds!) - Goodreads

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User Review  - Celia - Goodreads

I love this book. I love the main character, Rachel, and her bravery and strength. The story begins at the end of WWI, when influenza has killed half a million people in the US, and even travels to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emma Filbrun - Goodreads

Even though the main character is a girl, my boys loved Listening for Lions. Thirteen-year-old Rachel has spent all her life with her parents at a small mission hospital in Kenya, but when Spanish ... Read full review

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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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