Abela: The Girl Who Saw Lions (Paperback)
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Abela: The Girl Who Saw Lions (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 05/06/2008
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"Be strong, my Abela." These are the last words of Abela's mother in their HIV/Aids stricken African village, where it seems that to live or to die, to be sick or to be healthy, is just a matter of chance. It takes all Abela's strength to survive her Uncle Thomas's scheming to get to Europe, but what will be her fate as an illegal immigrant? "I don't want a sister or brother," thinks Rosa in England, when her mother tells her that she wants to adopt a child. Could these two girls ever become sisters? Is there room in Rosa's family for an African orphan haunted by lions? Is there room in their hearts? Abela is a powerful and moving story influenced by a visit to Africa, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author Berlie Doherty writing at her very best.

Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781842707258
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 197 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An involving, moving and, above all, relevant novel that ought to be in every school library in the land and put into the hands of as many children as possible." -- Adele Geras * Guardian *
"Excellent . . . what could be an unbearably sad tale is made compulsively readable by a writer of grace and skill." -- Nicholas Tucker * Independent *
"A very moving book and highly recommended." * Birmingham Post *
"The strength of the story is the author's empathy with all her characters, and her skill in engaging the reader with their feelings" * Books for Keeps *
"Well-written, with very real characters, this latest Doherty title is a heart-breaking yet ultimately hopeful examination of HIV/Aids, child trafficking and adoption. (SEASON HIGHLIGHT)" * The Bookseller *

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“Abela”

As I started reading Abela, I found myself transported to Africa where I was born and raised. The vivid descriptions of the sights, smells and sounds with the use of Swahili made me smile and, from then on the spirit... More

Hardback edition
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“Abela”

Why has no one heard of this book?It's amazing. It perfectly captures the lives of two completely different people, finally at the end allowing them together. It's a proper, raw, edgy book that gets the... More

Hardback edition
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“Amazing”

Such a moving story. It made me cry but it is the most amazing story I have ever read!

Paperback edition
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