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Listening for Lions

Whelan, Gloria (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Listening for Lions


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Left an orphan after the influenza epidemic in British East Africa in 1918, thirteen-year-old Rachel is tricked into assuming a deceased neighbor's identity to travel to England, where her only dream is to return to Africa and rebuild her parents' mission hospital.
Authors: Whelan, Gloria
Title: Listening for lions
Publisher: New York :, HarperCollins,, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 194, [5] p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: Left an orphan after the influenza epidemic in British East Africa in 1918, thirteen-year-old Rachel is tricked into assuming a deceased neighbor's identity to travel to England, where her only dream is to return to Africa and rebuild her parents' mission hospital.
Audience: 900
Ages 10 and up.
Grades 5 and up.
Local Note: Reading Counts RC 65 10130
Accelerated Reader AR 57 10070
ISBN: 9780060581763
006058176X
9780060581756
0060581751
0060581743
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Report This Mar 26, 2014
  • NorthernRose rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This story gives the reader a wonderful glimpse into eastern Africa in the early 20th century. Although the story is fictional, the author drew on the memories of a missionary physician and his wife who served in Rwanda for many years. The result is an enchanting story that I found difficult to set down. A great read for anyone 10 years and older.

Report This Jun 02, 2010
  • Bells rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After losing her missionary parents to an influenza epidemic in Africa, Rachel is manipulated into assuming another girl's identity to satisfy the girl's greedy parents. She journeys to England, dreaming of the day she can be herself again, and of the day she can return to Africa.

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