è The Girl Who Saw Lions Þ Download by ↠´ Berlie Doherty I enjoyed this book so much that I am going to buy a copy to keep and have on my shelf Really loved the mix of characters and differences of culture.
It s a sweet, compassionate read for children of around 8 14 I hated it at first because I wrongly assumed it was adult fiction trying to talk down to me But then I realized it was for children, and could begin to see its beauty, magic and warmth Abela lives in Tanzania, and is rooted to her home and customs Rosa is in London, safe with her mother and grandparents They are destined to meet But how and where It s like reading an Enid Blyton, or a Jacqueline Wilson I would highly recommend it to parents trying to teach their children about the wider world, about privilege and freedom, sisterhood and sharing, adoption and race, and even female genital mutilation and AIDS The novel carefully tries to weave all of these in There s also a little but significant surprise about Rosa s identity that fits in beautifully Some things appear sanitized to me a I loved this book Everything about it The plot, the characters, the format, the language, I loved every bit of it and I couldn t put it down This book follows the lives of Abela and Rose Abela is a 9 year old African girl who lives in poverty in Tanzania She has lost her mother, father and younger sister due to the epidemic of AIDS in her country Her uncle comes and takes her away from her grandmother and sends her to England because he believes she will have a better life there Her life is changed forever after many obstacles and struggles, she gets adopted Rose is a 13 year old girl who happily lives in Sheffield with her mother and she is frustrated with the news that her mother wants to adopt a little girl Little does she know, her new DISCLAIMER I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
The Girl Who Saw Lions is a middle grade book dealing with a lot of complex and deeply emotional issues, including HIV and adoption The novel follows Rosa and Abela, two young girls who are dealing with their own lives and issues before eventually being tied together.
I thought the way the novel dealt with these issues was very skilled This book is clearly one for use in schools, providing a springboard for discussions and a place to consider opinions and personal reactions There was enough detail to provide an inkling of what was going on and what had happened, but not too much to be depressing to younger readers A reader would be able to go on and talk to the adults in their life and learn about these I wasn t sure how I felt about this book at first I thought it offered quite a reductive portrait of Tanzania, but further into the book it expanded this and showed the author really loved the country My one real criticism is that Rosa is supposed to be thirteen, yet she has the emotional maturity of an eight year old It was a little bit jarring, as were the constant changes in narrator mid chapter I did get sucked into it at the end though, and really grew to love Abela I would recommend this book for children learning about Tanzania or immigration it would stimulate some great classroom discussion about other countries, and how it would feel for a child moving to a new country I just wish that Rosa was as
Middle grade fiction age 11 14 4.
5 5 stars.
A compelling middle grade read, told from the dual perspectives of two girls whose lives are ultimately joined.
Thirteen year old Rosa lives is England with her single parent mom and loves her life just the way it is When Rosa s mom announces her plans to adopt, Rosa feel hurt and rejected Meanwhile, nine year old Abela lives in rural Tanzania, born into a family devastated by HIV An illness whose effects young Abela cannot not comprehend Still reeling from the deaths of her mom and baby sister, Abela s uncle rips her away from her grandmother and home, trafficking her to England with the intention to sell her.
The treatment Abela suffers throughout the novel is disturbing, and it is the honesty of its conten A fantastic story of two very different cultures Tanzania and England A story of two very different girls who end up becoming sisters Very relevant, current story It s about a quarter of the way through before the story actually gets moving Quite a boring read for me.