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Lion : a long way home
Brierley, Saroo, author.
Personal Author:
Young readers' edition.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Puffin Books, [2017]
Physical Description:
xi, 239 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Describes how the author was accidentally separated from his family and home in India as a child, how he survived as an orphan in Kolkata, his adoption by an Australian family, and his search for his biological family as an adult.
Reading Level:
Ages 10 up.
Added Uniform Title:
Adapted as motion picture (expression): Lion (Motion picture : 2016)
Format :


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CT2808.B67 A3 2017 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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The young readers' edition of the true story that inspired Lion , the Academy Award nominated film starring Dev Patel, David Wenham, Rooney Mara, and Nicole Kidman.

When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines. Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of India for landmarks he recognized. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off on a journey to find his mother.

This edition features new material from Saroo about his childhood, including a new foreword and a Q&A about his experiences and the process of making the film.

"The emotional journey of Saroo Brierley (Patel) . . . will melt hearts around the globe."-- People magazine

"Amazing stuff."-- The New York Post

Author Notes

Saroo Brierley was born in 1981 in Madhya Pradesh, India. He was adopted by an Australian family at 5 years old after being separated from his biological mother. At the age of 30 he was reunited with his biological mother after many years of searching. His account of this experience was published in 2013 in the book, A Long Way Home. It was later made into the film 'Lion' in 2016 starring Dev Patel.

His book unfolds the story of Saroo and his older brother Guddu becoming separated at a train station in India as they are searching for food. Saroo ends up falling asleep on a train and travels 1.500 kilometers from his hometown. His attempts to find his way home are unsuccessful and he is later adopted into an Australian family. It is years later that he is able to find his way back home with the help of Google Earth. In 2016 the film 'Lion' was released which was based on his life's journey. It was directed by Garth Davis and starred Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prologuep. xi
1 Rememberingp. 1
2 Hungry and happyp. 10
3 Getting lostp. 23
4 Survivalp. 40
5 Very luckyp. 60
6 A new lifep. 81
7 Growing upp. 101
8 The searchp. 115
9 Finding homep. 123
10 Meeting my motherp. 139
11 My Australian familyp. 163
12 Feeling at homep. 172
13 Returningp. 189
14 Kolkata trainp. 201
Epiloguep. 229
Mapp. 236
Behind the scenes of Lionp. 239
Photosp. 241
Acknowledgementsp. 259