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Listening for Lions af Gloria Whelan
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Listening for Lions (udgave 2005)

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Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan (2005)
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Titel:Listening for Lions
Forfattere:Gloria Whelan (Forfatter)
Info:HarperColl (2005), Edition: First Edition, 194 pages
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Rachel Sheridan’s missionary parents succumb to the Spanish influenza pandemic in early 20th century East Africa. She’s taken in by neighbors with less-than-charitable motives and finds herself far from the only home she’s ever known in chilly, damp England. But Rachel’s honesty, courage and pluck will see her far, and she vows that she will return to Africa and rebuild the mission hospital her parents founded.

This is a lovely YA / middle-school-grade novel with some important lessons about doing what is right, and honoring your parents and elders. Rachel is a worthy heroine; she’s intelligent, principled, compassionate and a hard worker. I love the way that she interacts with others and considers the possible effects of her words and actions before moving forward. She shows courage when it’s most important, and a fierce determination to honor her promises. ( )
  BookConcierge | Mar 28, 2021 |
I liked this, but the ending was strangely abrupt, like the author just kind of gave up because she didn't know how to end it. She just filled it with a bunch of unopened questions and then was like, "Oh, but don't worry, I'll figure it all out." Bizarre ending to an otherwise pretty strong story. ( )
  wordcauldron | Jul 22, 2018 |
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. ( )
  LynneQuan | Sep 23, 2017 |
I really enjoyed the description of life in the African wilderness this book provides. Part of this story reminded me of one of my favorite books The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver with its missionary setting. This is an amazingly creative story and when the neighbor's child Valerie dies I had no idea the story would be about Rachel taking her place. I kept getting caught up in the idea that this young girl who was forced to go to England and live a completely different life a was so adaptable. She was just like a lion and waited for the right moment to make her escape. The multicultural themes in this book provide valuable examples of life in Africa, the role of missionaries, and discrimination.
  Adam_sundstrom | Feb 9, 2016 |
Beautifully written, wonderful story. Rachel lives in colonial Africa with her missionary parents, but when the Spanish influenza wipes out the village, her life is turned upside down. Has a bit of Burnett's Little Princess feel to it, only it's Rachel's new "parents" who are the horrible brats. Sweet relationship with an old man. Nice coming of age story for middle grades (3-5) who like a bit of historical fiction. ( )
  AmeliaHerring | Jan 22, 2016 |
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Bird by bird, flower by flower, tenant by tenant, I came ot know and love Stagsway. Yet always in the back of my mind was Tumaini. Everything in England seemed pale and tame in comparison to Africa. The flowers and birds were not as colorful; no lion or leopard lay in wait in the fields, only a sheep and a cow or tow. I missed the beating of the drums and the stories I used to hear in the Kikuyu shambas. I missed the smell and the flow of the evening campfires and the sound of the lions at night.
At the end of July I came upon a bit of Africa in Hampshire. I had seen birds with familiar names but different coloring; now I saw a bird that looked and sounded like birds I had known at Tumaini. I was in the orchard when suddenly a pair of hoopoes settled beneath one of the apple trees. They had the same cockade of feathers tipped in black, sticking out of their heads as the African birds, and the same long, sharp bill. They had the same elegant walk. For a moment I thought I was seeing things, that I had imagined them because I wanted so much to be at Tumaini, but they were real. I stood there for nearly a half hour, not daring to move.
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