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Lion: A Long Way Home: Young Reader's Edition

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  • Lion: A Long Way Home: Young Reader's Edition 
    Title: Lion: A Long Way Home: Young Reader's Edition
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 03/01/2017
    Imprint: PUFFIN BOOKS
    Price: $17.00
    Publishing status: Active

    Saroo’s amazing story is now well known since it has recently been made into a popular movie. However you were perhaps not aware that it has now been published in a Young Readers’ Edition. It is a truly remarkable story of how a five year boy from a very poor family in India became lost on a train in India and travelled till he ended up at the main railway station in Kolkata. Somehow he managed to survive and after some months, he was lucky enough to be placed in an orphanage and was then adopted by a couple in Tasmania. He was very happy with his new life but also wanted to find his Indian family. When the new technology of Google Earth became available, he spent years searching the railway lines out of Kolkata, trying to find the familiar landmarks distinguishing his village and a nearby town. Miraculously he found the village and then travelled back to meet his family. There are so many elements of this story that are incredible but perhaps the most astonishing is the way Saroo consciously made sure he maintained his memory of the streets where he had lived and the way to the railway station and other landmarks. Even at the age of five, he didn’t want to forget because he wanted to go back and find his mother, sister and brothers. This would be such an interesting book for discussion. Saroo’s family was very close and loving even though they lived in extreme poverty. Since his mother had to work all day, Saroo at the age of four or five looked after his little sister when she was just one or two years old. The description of his time in Kolkata is scary. The story is vivid and well written and includes photos of his arrival at the orphanage, his family in Tasmania and also when he goes back to India and sees his family again. Australian (11–14 years)

    ISBN: 9780143784760
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