Author(s): Berlie Doherty
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.
This story tackles some difficult subjects - HIV/Aids, child trafficking - but they're within a sensitively written story about an African girl and an English one (who also has her own issues to face). The reader is taken into the mind of each of these girls and really wants to know what the outcome will be.
Kathleen, @ Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop.
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 GRANNY WAS A BUFFER GIRL and in 1992 for DEAR NOBODY. She has also won the Writer's Guild Children's Fiction Award for DAUGHTER OF THE SEA. Her work is published all over the world, and many of her books have been televised.