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Berlie Doherty

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Street Child (1993) 261 exemplar
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The Girl Who Saw Lions (2007) 117 exemplar
The Snake-Stone (1995) 99 exemplar
Granny Was a Buffer Girl (1986) 86 exemplar
Spellhorn (1989) 77 exemplar
Children of Winter (1985) 77 exemplar
Daughter of the Sea (1996) 76 exemplar
Deep Secret (2003) 52 exemplar
Holly Starcross (2002) 45 exemplar
Tales of Wonder and Magic (1997) 45 exemplar
Snowy (1979) 42 exemplar
White Peak Farm (1984) 41 exemplar
Paddiwak and Cozy (1988) 40 exemplar
Coconut Comes to School (2002) 37 exemplar
The Magic Bicycle (1995) 37 exemplar
The Company of Ghosts (2013) 36 exemplar
The Famous Adventures of Jack (2000) 36 exemplar
Treason (2011) 35 exemplar
Sailing Ship Tree (1998) 31 exemplar
Willa and Old Miss Annie (1994) 28 exemplar
Tricky Nelly's Birthday Treat (2003) 26 exemplar
The Goblin Baby (2009) 26 exemplar
The Vinegar Jar (1994) 24 exemplar
The Midnight Man (1998) 23 exemplar
Our Field (1996) 23 exemplar
The Nutcracker (2002) 22 exemplar
Old Father Christmas (1993) 21 exemplar
Tilly Mint Tales (1984) 20 exemplar
Sleeping Beauty (2003) 20 exemplar
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Tough Luck (Lions) (1989) 19 exemplar
The Wild Swans (2003) 18 exemplar
Beauty and the Beast (2003) 18 exemplar
The Starburster (2004) 17 exemplar
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Rapunzel (2003) 14 exemplar
Running on Ice (Contents) (1997) 13 exemplar
Snow White (2003) 13 exemplar
Jeannie of White Peak Farm (2003) 12 exemplar
Hansel And Gretel (2003) 12 exemplar
Requiem (1991) 11 exemplar
The Three Princes (2011) 10 exemplar
The Windspinner (2008) 10 exemplar
The Humming Machine (2006) 9 exemplar
How Green You Are! (1983) 7 exemplar
Wild Cat (Collins Big Cat) (2012) 5 exemplar
Profond secret (2006) 5 exemplar
Walking on Air (1993) 5 exemplar
Bella's Den (Yellow bananas) (1997) 5 exemplar
Oxford Book of Bible Stories (2007) 5 exemplar
Dear Nobody {play} 3 exemplar
Blue John (2003) 3 exemplar
Street Child (Plays Plus) (2008) 2 exemplar
Contes màgics (2002) 2 exemplar
The Haunted Hills (2022) 2 exemplar
Unsere Wiese 2 exemplar

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Representation: Black, Asian and biracial (half Black and half white, half Black and half Asian) characters
Trigger warnings: Adoption, physical and terminal illness, death of parents and children from a contagion, grief and loss depiction
Score: Five points out of ten.
I own this book.

Where do I begin with this one? This book was one amongst many that was part of a library giveaway, and initially, it looked promising, until the low ratings and reviews lowered my expectations. I burned through other fictional works I owned, then I picked up this one and read it. When I finished it, it was a perfect example of how not to write a diverse story, since a white author wrote about a Black character. Abela is inaccurate at best, and blackface and cultural appropriation at worst.

It starts with the first two characters I see, Abela, the titular one who is Black, and Rosa who is biracial. Abela lived in an impoverished Tanzanian village infected with HIV/AIDS. Many people have died already, including some on the page, most likely for shock value and exaggerated and glorified trauma rather than anything meaningful. A few pages later, I see Rosa's perspective with her white mother, and that's where the flaws surface: the characters are hard to connect or relate with, even though Abela went through hardship to find a foster family after her biological parents succumbed to HIV/AIDS. The narrative is too disjointed because it switches between POVs every second chapter (sometimes that can work, but since Abela and Rosa are in different locations for most of it, that device ruins my enjoyment.)

Abela first resides at her social worker's house, but she is abusive so she has to move to another house with white people which didn't work out that well. This time the family is British Nigerian (wow, that's her third foster family) and again, subtle cultural differences prevent her from staying there. Rosa's mother considered adding an adoptive child to her family, much to Rosa's chagrin. Rosa once had an adoptive brother whose name I forgot, but his biological father wanted him back despite the circumstances, much to her shock. The conclusion occurred in the final pages where Abela stayed at Rosa and Rosa's mother's house, making that her fourth foster family, but that only felt like white saviourism at this point. Couldn't the author make it that Abela stayed at a British Tanzanian family's house instead? A Black author would've done a better job.
… (mer)
 
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Law_Books600 | 6 andra recensioner | Jan 17, 2024 |
Querido Nadie, el futuro hijo de la joven Helen, se transforma paulatinamente en el invisible culpable de sus contradicciones y en el único destinatario de un manojo de cartas que, a modo de pesadilla, retratan paso a paso la pérdida de sus ilusiones.
 
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Natt90 | 4 andra recensioner | Mar 30, 2023 |
I bought Abela over a year ago, and read the first chapter, then due to many factors I put it to one side to read lots of other books in between. I returned to it only yesterday and have just put it down now. What a beautiful book. It is one of those few perfectly formed, eloquently written and superbly characterized books that you struggle to put down and will stay in your mind for days to come.

The themes of love, loss and security are universal, but the story itself is a unique one that explores topics of adoption, trafficking, illegal immigration and even FGM. It is narrated from both protagonists' points of view - 13 year old Rosa in Sheffield, and 9 year old Abela first in Tanzania and then in England, with Abela eventually being adopted by Rosa's mother, Jen. There is a special poignancy in the way that Abela's childlike fears, hopes and perspectives are contrasted with the adult way of looking at things, and I was moved to tears at times.… (mer)
 
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Katherine_Blessan | 6 andra recensioner | Jan 5, 2022 |
A fantastic selection of folktales and gorgeous illustrations to accompany them.
 
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Verk
76
Även av
7
Medlemmar
2,379
Popularitet
#10,789
Betyg
½ 3.6
Recensioner
36
ISBN
322
Språk
11
Favoritmärkt
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