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The Lion Who Stole My Arm



by
Nicola Davies
illustrated by
Annabel Wright

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9780763666200

Awards and Honors
2014 Cybils Awards Finalist, Early Chapter Books
Triple Crown National Book Award 2016-2017
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When a lion attack leaves him with one arm, Pedru fears he’s a “cripple” who will never be a great hunter. His father says, “you do not need two arms to be strong!” Note on living with lions and conservation efforts. Black-and-white watercolor illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

96

Trim Size

5 1/4" x 7"

Dewey

Fic

AR

5.4: points 2

Lexile

890L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

5

JLG Release

Jun 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Africa. Lions. Hunting. Lion conservation. Losing a limb. Inner strength.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly

Horn Book

After losing his right arm in a lion attack, young Pedru thinks of revenge: “One day, lion . . . One day soon I will come and get you.” And he does kill a lion, but it’s not the same one; it’s tagged with a collar from the Madune Carnivore Research Station. Thus begins Pedru’s relationship with lion researchers sympathetic to the concerns of the villagers. Davies’s story, both subtle and thoughtful, is also an exciting adventure tale. When Pedru meets his lion again, he does have the opportunity to kill it. Though he hates the creature, he realizes what they have in common. “A young hunter with a lot to learn. Making his way in the world, making mistakes. Growing up.” Children are rarely asked to consider all sides of ecological issues, and this look at a dwindling species is respectful of its readers’ capacity to face ethical decisions in a thoughtful way. Helpful footnotes throughout explain the many lesser-known African flora and fauna that serve as a rich backdrop to the story, and the emotion-filled black-and-white illustrations add just the right touch. Excellent factual notes from author and zoologist Davies are appended. robin l. smith

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

After losing his right arm in a lion attack, young Pedru thinks of revenge: “One day, lion . . . One day soon I will come and get you.” And he does kill a lion, but it’s not the same one; it’s tagged with a collar from the Madune Carnivore Research Station. Thus begins Pedru’s relationship with lion researchers sympathetic to the concerns of the villagers. Davies’s story, both subtle and thoughtful, is also an exciting adventure tale. When Pedru meets his lion again, he does have the opportunity to kill it. Though he hates the creature, he realizes what they have in common. “A young hunter with a lot to learn. Making his way in the world, making mistakes. Growing up.” Children are rarely asked to consider all sides of ecological issues, and this look at a dwindling species is respectful of its readers’ capacity to face ethical decisions in a thoughtful way. Helpful footnotes throughout explain the many lesser-known African flora and fauna that serve as a rich backdrop to the story, and the emotion-filled black-and-white illustrations add just the right touch. Excellent factual notes from author and zoologist Davies are appended. robin l. smith

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