Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Listening for Lions

by Gloria Whelan

This book will appeal to reader's ages 8 to adult. It definitely appealed to me. It's a story of courage, honesty, treachery, love and strength.
Thirteen-year-old Rachel Sheridan is left an orphan after influenza take 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.
Rachel becomes entangled in a shocking and nefarious plot that takes her away from her beloved Africa on a lonely journey across the ocean. Surrounded by greed and lies, Rachel must rely on her irrepressible spirit and extraordinary wit to weather her 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. --from front flap
I look forward to reading Whelan's award-winning book, Homeless Bird.


Anonymous said...

This one looks very interesting. Your review has made me put this one on my TBR list. And it just keeps getting longer and longer.

Lisa said...

This does look good. I really need to read more YA literature. It's funny. I'm taking a class right now on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien., and we've been discussing their take on fairy tales or children's stories. Lewis was a serious scholar, but he believed that there were some stories that were best told in the form of a fairy tale. He also says that if a children's story isn't "good enough" for adults to enjoy, it wasn't a very good story to begin with. I just thought that was interesting.

jenclair said...

This book sounds good. I don't know why, maybe the time period and British colony make me think of The Secret Garden -- one of my all time most-beloved books.

Oh, and I found a Terry Pratchett book at the library, but not A Hatful of Sky. :( However, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents looks like great fun.

Melissa said...

It does sound like a lovely book. I'll have to see if I can find it somewhere. :)

Anonymous said...

well, I'm glad you liked it. It's still on my list to be read, just not at the very top. But I'll get there someday.

Booklogged said...

Maw Books, welcome to my blog. I see that you've been reading some Newbery Honor books lately. Since you like YA and juvenile literature, I'm sure you will like this one.

Jenclair, The Amazing Maurice is the lead-in book for The Wee Free Men and Hat Full of Sky books. I haven't read it yet, but I plan to. Anxious to hear what you think.

Melissa, finding it is only the first problem. After that you have to find time to fit it in! LOL

Katie, it's a good thing I didn't mooch it then? I'll save it for you.

Framed said...

Love the cover. May be I can borrow this after Katie.

Amanda said...

Did you know the audiobook won a 2007 Audie for "Children’s Titles For Ages 8-11"?