Listening for Lions

Listening for Lions

by Gloria Whelan
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Overview

Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan

Thirteen-year-old Rachel Sheridan is left an orphan after influenza takes the lives of her missionary parents in British East Africa in 1919. When cruel neighbors take her in, Rachel suspects their intentions may not be honest.

Soon, Rachel becomes entangled in a shocking and nefarious plot that takes her away from her beloved East Africa on a lonely and treacherous journey across the ocean. Surrounded by greed and lies, Rachel must rely on her irrepressible spirit and extraordinary wit to weather her incredible adventure. And somewhere along the way, between deception and hope, the truth sets Rachel free and Africa calls her home.

National Book Award-winning author Gloria Whelan crafts a wickedly delicious story of treachery and triumph, in which one young woman must claim her true identity in order to forge her own future and transform herself from victim to heroine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060581756
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/26/2005
Edition description: Library Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.77(d)
Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Gloria Whelan is the bestselling author of many novels for young readers, including Homeless Bird, winner of the National Book Award; Fruitlands: Louisa May Alcott Made Perfect; Angel on the Square; Burying the Sun; Once on This Island, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award; and Return to the Island. She lives in the woods of northern Michigan.

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Listening for Lions 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like sad but yet hopeful stories that keep you exited all the way, Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan is your book. Whelan is an author that likes to describe a lot and put you in the characters position. This realistic Fiction takes place in Tumaini, Africa in the years 1919-1923. This book is about a girl named Rachel Sheridan a sad, unfortunate girl who becomes an orphan after both her parents¿ die of Influenza. Rachel then has to deal with the fact she is an orphan and the thought she wants to become a doctor to help the sick people in Tumaini. Gratefully a family friend, Mrs. Pritchard a strict, mean, cold hearted lady helped Rachel and didn¿t send her to an orphanage. But there is a catch. Mrs. Pritchard¿s daughter Valerie a spoiled brat also died of Influenza. Mrs. Pritchard asked Rachel to pretend she was Valerie and go to England and make the grandfather better from his sickness. But is Mrs. Pritchard really helping her? Rachael is dying to tell the grandfather the truth and she can¿t stand lying about her life. But Mrs. Pritchard threatens her to call police. Will the grandfather find out Rachel is not Valerie? Will Rachel go to an orphanage or worst jail? Will she follow her dream and become a doctor in Tumaini like her dad? I really enjoyed this book because of the author¿s style and the meaning of the story. I hope you enjoy it as well. So read listening for lions and discover what will happen to Rachel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in school and I LOVED it!!! Definetly a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this a couple of years ago and it was my favorite book! Excellent storyline, magnificent characters, and flawlessly written!!! What more can I say? If you haven't read this book, I seriously suggest you do!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book makes you want to read more and tells great story. It's really a great book that intrests you also. If you like a good book you sould consider it! :)-|-<
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in class and it was terrific! This is one of my favorite books! :-) I recommend for everyone to read this! You will not regret it!! :-D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Listening for Lions is an interesting book if you enjoy learning about Africa through a young teen's eyes. Rachel is orphaned when her missionary doctor parents die of influenza in Africa in 1919. She ends up being convinced to pose as another girl and returns to England to visit her &quot;grandfather&quot; instead of spending time at an orphanage. She struggles with lying to him and must be patient and strong like a lion to overcome her new predicament. Some things the story helped teach me: 1. find happiness in your life, regardless of your situation. 2. you can live your dreams, even when there are things standing in your way. Overall I think it was a good and entertaining book and I would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!!!! Some people think that you should be at least 11or 12 before you read it but I strongly disagree!!! I read it in fourth grade and I was fine!!! And usually I am a very sensitive person!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an absolutley wonderful book! I could not put it down! Great storyline!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a book report, and I read it all in one night, I couldn't stop because it eas soo good! I would definatly read this book over and over again. And the way Africa is described by Rachel actually makes you want to go there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it is sad,happy, and funey.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great! Even as an adult, I couldn't help but indulge my craving for this book. I could barely stand to put it down! Rachel is excellent role model and example for young readers...
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