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Abela: the girl who saw lions

Abela: the girl who saw lions

Doherty, Berlie

'Be strong, my Abela'. These are the last words of Abela's mother in their HIV/AIDS stricken African village, where it seems that to live or to die is just a matter of chance. It takes all Abela's strength to survive her Uncle Thomas's scheming to get to Europe, but what will be her fate as an illegal immigrant?

Paperback, Book. English. Young adult fiction.
Published London: Andersen, 2007
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Statement of responsibility: Berlie Doherty
ISBN: 1842707256, 9781842707258
Physical Description: 236 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Interracial adoption Fiction.; Children of AIDS patients Tanzania Fiction.; Illegal aliens Great Britain Fiction.; Africans Great Britain Fiction.; Tanzania Social conditions Fiction.; Sheffield (England) Social conditions Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 4.9
Interest Level: UY
Points: 9
Quiz Number: 211360

Author note

Berlie Doherty was born in Liverpool and writes for adults and children. Her first book, HOW GREEN YOU ARE! was published in 1982 and she has been a full-time, compulsive writer of novels, stories, poems and plays since then. She has written over forty books. In 2002 Berlie Doherty was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Derby for excellence in her field. She lives in Edale in the Peak District, where she spends her spare time walking, day-dreaming, and struggling to learn piano, violin and tin whistle.


"An involving, moving and, above all, relevant novel that ought to be in every school library in the land and put into the hands of as many children as possible."
Guardian||"Excellent . . . what could be an unbearably sad tale is made compulsively readable by a writer of grace and skill."
Independent||"A very moving book and highly recommended."
Birmingham Post||"The strength of the story is the author's empathy with all her characters, and her skill in engaging the reader with their feelings"
Books for Keeps||"Well-written, with very real characters, this latest Doherty title is a heart-breaking yet ultimately hopeful examination of HIV/Aids, child trafficking and adoption. (SEASON HIGHLIGHT)"
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Back cover copy

Two girls.
Abela lives in an African village and has lost everything. Will she ever be happy again?

Rosa lives in England and has everything she wants. Is there room in her heart for an orphan haunted by lions?

Abelais the exciting story of a true heroine who overcomes great hardship. Double Carnegie-winning author Berlie Doherty writing at her very best.