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Two girls, from very different places, are brought together in a tale of loss, courage and family.
Abela has lost everything, and now she must leave her home in Tanzania and flee to Britain.
Rosa's struggling to cope with her mum's wish to adopt a child.
When they are brought together, will Abela and Rosa ever be able to love one another like sisters?
From the Carnegie Medal-winning author Berlie Doherty, The Girl Who Saw Lions is a powerful and moving story, inspired by the author's visit to Africa.

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26th February '18
Hollyx read it themselves aged 15 aged 15
The Girl Who Saw Lions 9781783446469
5 stars
Such a lovely book! The cover is eye-catching and has some fabulous illustrations which is always positive when choosing a book to read and actually wanting to read it.

Great storyline with good characters, also includes insight into some important issues.

Great read for age 12+ id say
21st February '18
MissMessy read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
Fabulous adventure book, couldn't put it down (read by an 11 year old)
6th March '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
A beautifully touching novel of two girls whose lives are entwined in the most unexpected of ways. The book parallels the stories of Abela and Rosa, both from very different worlds whose paths will ultimately cross. There is 13 year old ice skating loving Rosa and her single parent mum, then 9 year old Abela from a Tanzanian village. Abela's world is rocked when her mother dies of AIDS. Her uncle illegally sends her to England and everything is so far beyond her experience and culture. Alternate chapters from each of the girls points of view means that alongside this we hear the story of Rosa's mum planning to adopt a child from Tanzania.

The picture painted of Africa is vivid and heartbreaking juxtaposed against that of Rosa's world and yet their emotions shine through - Abela's unfailing hope and Rosa's increasing maturity.  Abela's story means that she quickly finds a place in our hearts as readers, whereas Rosa's is a real coming of age which makes us feel proud. 

The novel incorporates some hard hitting topics - child abuse, trafficking, immigration, fostering, adoption and mulitcultural families. All of which are written about in the most sensitive way. 

An inspiring and compelling narrative, I could not put the book down until I discovered what happened to both girls. It is heartening that the story finishes with these two girls who share a cultural heritage becoming family at last through the most unpredicted means. 
22nd April '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
A lovely story and an eye catching cover. Would recommend to 11 years plus or read with children from the age of ten. A poignant tale.
27th January '18
I read it to Rubz aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
Amazing book well worth the read my daughter ten also loved it to 
3rd February '18
GraceS246 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
Grace absolutely loves this book, the whole story was fab from start to finish, would definitely recommend 
3rd February '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
Thank you to Toppsta for sending me this book in the giveaway!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Abela and Rosa's separate tales are intertwined in alternate chapters which don't follow the path you think they'll take from the set-up in the first chapter. This is a brilliant writing decision as it keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering if both girls will be ok and if they'll ever get to meet. As an adult I loved how Abela's new school is described - I like to think our own school would be as kind and welcoming; however, the author doesn't shy away from describing how things can go wrong in the care system and this is nicely handled. As an adult I was very moved by both girls and I look forward to hearing what my Y7 daughter makes of it. The end will have you cheering, though!

I would recommend this for Y7/age 11+ in a school setting because there may be some tough conversations to have around refugees, poverty, HIV/AIDS, child trafficking and FGM (there is a certain level of assumption that some of these ideas are familiar to the reader already). I'm fairly sure this wouldn't work well for my own primary school library, but if you had children who are affected by these issues then it would be well worth looking at for Y6/10+. For parents wondering about the content, read it yourself first and decide if your child is ready for these conversations. Many will be, so don't be caught unawares.
31st January '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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4 stars
Lovely story. This book is about Abela and Rose. Abela is an orphan due to her parents dying of aids and Rose's mum wants to adopt a girl. At first Rose isnt impressed but she soon changes her attitude. 
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Multi-award winning and hugely popular Irish author Berlie Doherty began writing for children in 1983, after teaching and working in radio. She has written more than 35 books for children, as well as for the theatre, radio and television. Berlie has won the Carnegie Medal twice: in 1987 for [url=https://toppsta.com/books/d...

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