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When Samira discovers a diary written by Hen, a girl living over 100 years ago, she finds the friend she has been desperately seeking. A friend who brings not just comfort, but inspiration to be brave, to fight for her place in the world, and maybe even to uncover the secrets of ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780192749482
Barcode 9780192749482
Published 21 February 2019 by Oxford University Press (S2)
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Lewis, Gill
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ISBN-13 9780192749482
ISBN-10 019274948X
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S2)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 21 February 2019
International Publication Date 7 February 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Lewis, Gill
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Adventure Stories
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 226g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
Library of Congress Immigrants - Juvenile fiction - England
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 964575

Description of this Book

Present day: Samira doesn't know where to call home. She and her mother came to England when she was four years old, brought across the desert and the sea by a man who has complete control. Always moving on, always afraid of being caught, she longs for freedom. 1891: Hen knows exactly where to call home. Her stifling mother makes sure of that. But her Aunt Kitty is opening her eyes to a whole new world. A world of animal rights, and votes for women, and riding bicycles! Trapped in a life of behaving like a lady, she longs for freedom. When Samira discovers Hen's diary, she finds the inspiration to be brave, to fight for her place in the world, and maybe even to uncover the secrets of her own past Gill Lewis is the multi-award-winning and best-selling author of novels including Sky Hawk, White Dolphin, and A Story Like the Wind. This is her unforgettable tale of friendship, hope, and finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Gill Lewis has established herself as the principal contemporary writer of animal stories, combining a vet's knowledge of her subject with a novelist's capacity for character and plot. * Telegraph * Gill Lewis weaves an unforgettable tale of displacement, hope, and the search for freedom. * The Guardian * Lewis produces something very special with each new book. * Daily Mail * The best book I have ever read. I couldnt stop reading it Its the BEST. * Lilybelle, Guardian Childrens Books website * Vivid, difficult,and satisfying, this is magnificent storytelling. * The Guardian * Praise for Gill Lewis Lewis's confident, economical prose takes the reader up, up and away. * The Times *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Gill Lewis spent much of her childhood in the garden where she ran a small zoo and a veterinary hospital for creepy-crawlies, mice, and birds. When she grew up she became a real vet and travelled from the Arctic to Africa in search of interesting animals and places. Gill now writes books for children. Her previous novels have published to worldwide critical acclaim and have been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in the depths of Somerset with her husband and three children and writes from a tree house in the company of squirrels.

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