Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan

This book is about an orphaned girl who grew up in Africa and longs to return to bring back the hospital her missionary parents used to run. Rachel loves Africa—the people, the animals, and the beautiful land. When her parents die of influenza (it is the early 1900s), the scheming Prichard family pretends Rachel is their daughter and sends her to England to butter up their dying grandfather. Rachel, who is sweet and good, wins over the grandfather and manages to get rid of the Prichards. But Rachel still dreams of returning to her beloved hospital in Africa. As you read this book you know that Rachel will succeed, but nevertheless it is fun to read about her journey to adulthood.

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