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Gorilla Dawn

By Gill Lewis

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Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 18 August 2015
The thrilling, heartbreaking, and inspirational new story from award-winning storyteller Gill Lewis. Deep in the heart of the African jungle, a baby gorilla is captured by a group of rebel soldiers. Imara and Bobo are two children also imprisoned in the rebels' camp. When they learn that the gorilla is destined to be sold into captivity, they swear to return it to the wild before it's too late. But the consequences of getting caught are too terrible to think about. Will the bond between the gorilla and the children give them the courage they need to escape?

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Two children, one gorilla, and their incredible journey to freedom.

About the Author

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, Sky Hawk, White Dolphin, Moon Bear, and Scarlet Ibis 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.


'The short, interpolated passages presented from the point of view of the increasingly beleaguered gorillas are strong and, although it's an uncompromising story featuring violence and death, most of the characters who deserve one eventually get some sort of happy ending.' * Susan Elkin, The Independent * 'children will be bowled over by the action, the moral argument, and inspired with a new understanding of our place in the world' * MinervaReads blog * 'Gill Lewis is a wonderful writer who contrives to write about humans and animals with equal empathy' * Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard * 'An incredible, moving story' * Express & Echo * 'Not many people can set out to explain the backstory of the mineral coltan to children and produce a thrilling adventure story. But vet-turned-author Gill Lewis is a rare talent.' * Lucy Siegle, The Observer Magazine * 'Lewis's animal stories grow more powerful with each book ... This is a thrilling, thought-provoking adventure' * Sally Morris, Daily Mail * 'Adventure and wildlife mix in this exciting story' * Angels & Urchins * 'A recommended read for wildlife lovers, would be travellers, and anyone who wants to engage with lives different from their own.' * Books for Keeps * 'Powerful and thought-provoking from the start, I read it straight through to the end.' * Kerra Dagley, ReadingZone * '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 * 'Lewis writes beautifully about nature and animals.' * Daily Mail * 'Lewis's confident, economical prose takes the reader up, up and away' * The Times * 'I think Gill is one of the best authors ever!' * Eva, age 10 *

EAN: 9780192739179
ISBN: 0192739174
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.7 x 2.5 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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