Listening for Lions

Listening for Lions

Book - 2005
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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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060581749
Branch Call Number: WHE
Characteristics: 194 p.


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Mar 26, 2014

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.

Nov 14, 2009

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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