Escape Under the Forever Sky

Escape Under the Forever Sky

A Novel

Book - 2009
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As a future conservation zoologist whose mother is the United States Ambassador to Ethiopia, thirteen-year-old Lucy uses her knowledge for survival when she is kidnapped and subsequently escapes.
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780811866538
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Yoh
Characteristics: 220 p.

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SPL_Childrens Jul 26, 2012

Three gigantic lions, one male and two lionesses, surrounded her. Lucy couldn’t move. She could barely breathe. Mesmerized, she watched the lions’ rib cages expand and contract with each heavy breath. “I’m going to die”, she thought. But she did not die. The lions suddenly twisted to face Lucy’s kidnappers. They growled menacingly, bared their teeth and began to advance. Markos knew that they had less than ten seconds to act. He and the other kidnappers fled into the bush, leaving Lucy with the lions. And mysteriously, the lions did not harm Lucy. Instead, they protected her.

Thirteen-year-old Lucy Hoffmann, daughter of the American ambassador to Ethiopia, had always loved animals. Cooped up in the walls of the embassy compound, she longed to visit the exotic wilderness of the African bush more frequently than her rare excursions to the nearest game park.

Then Lucy was kidnapped and held for ransom.

Taken to an isolated hut far from Addis Ababa, Lucy believed that she would be killed even if the kidnappers’ demands were met. A few days later, she managed to escape, knowing that her chances of finding her way to safety, while evading her kidnappers and surviving the long trek, were slim.

Yet Lucy, with her resourcefulness, her courage and the mysterious protection given to her by the lions, survived hunger, thirst and constant danger. Eventually finding her way to a small village, she was hidden from the pursuing kidnappers by friendly villagers, and later taken to a larger town. From there, she was able to make phone contact with authorities.

Eve Yohalem’s debut novel is a well-written, riveting tale that contrasts the beauty of the African bush and its wildlife with the realities of a poor and unstable country.
Lucy is a very believable (and likeable) heroine, and her story is based on a real-life event.

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