The Girl Who Tweaked Two Lions' Tails

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One of the greatest adventures involving a young girl ever told. Fourteen year old Angelina Freyer goes missing in the vicinity of Lake Kariba. Two weeks later, a hundred and fifty miles away at Victoria Falls ..... More

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About Pierre Van Rooyen

Pierre and Faith Van Rooyen had careers in advertising and the computer industry. After their children grew up and left home they decided to become sea gypsies.

They found an old sailing boat and spent a year fixing it up. They have more than forty voyages under their belts and have visited such exotic locations as Borneo, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Kenya and Zanzibar.

Pierre’s previous novel, ‘Saturdays are Gold’ is available in hard cover, soft cover and e-book versions from Amazon.

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Nicole Storey reviewed on Dec. 8, 2011

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I must admit that I had some doubts about this book from the moment I heard about it. It isn't that I didn't think it would be a good book, but just that it wouldn't be a good book for me. The cover is not amazing and that is one of the first things that draws my attention to a book. The second is the synopsis and Van Rooyen gave, what I thought, was too much of the story away in his summary of this book. What would be the point of reading it? All one has to do is read the summary to know how the story plays out. Well, reading this book taught me a very valuable lesson: you really can't judge a book by its cover! Turns out that the author hadn't played all of his cards in the summary; he still had a few aces up his sleeve.

Angelina Freyer is an absolutely amazing character! She is a spunky, 14-year-old who reads and has a photographic memory. When the plane goes down, she doesn't panic, but takes charge of a whole group of adults and shows them that big things come in small packages. Van Rooyen tells this story as if he is talking face to face with his readers. It is almost as if he were there, and is reliving what happened. I did get a bit bored with all the airplane talk when Angelina's aunt, Maude, is retelling how and why the plane went down. However, I understand that Van Rooyen was trying to show just how smart Angelina is and why it is imperative that she lead this group to safety.

The characters in the books were very believable and so was the story. It is easily something that could happen in real life. The author didn't reveal the personalities of each character right away, but let them grow and change. Some of the characters that I didn't care for in the beginning had grown on me by the end, while some that I thought were okay ended up being despised. Some characters that were weak and sulky found strengths that they didn't realize they possessed while others who were usually strong and resourceful ended up cracking under the pressure.

The book was a delight to read and it is one that would be loved by all, no matter what genre you normally read. There is action, suspense, drama, and lots of hope. Every chapter brings new surprises and you never know what is going to happen to the survivors next. Van Rooyen is a magical story-teller and I can't wait to read more of his work!
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M. M. Fahren reviewed on Nov. 8, 2011

Pierre Van Rooyen is getting a solid reputation for his young heroines of unflinching character. He is coming to the public fore in his prose, which is lively as their adventures. Read a few lines and you are 'in' there. Go a little further and you're following an adventure of the natural world that takes you up several notches above the norm, while defying your expectation to find a 'way out' into a controlled reality. You see, Pierre is Not controlled. Not by any standard of the forbidden kingdoms of either man or manuscript. . .He's got a formidable mind with an imagination which matches his experiences.
Like his little girl, Maudie, in "Saturdays are Gold," we know by page one that Angelina is going to defy the odds.
Voraciously. We ask in vain with her parents, "Gogga, we love you, and I reckon you tweaked his tail, but please don't do it again."
Right. We can count on it.
Van Rooyen does it again.
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Kate Harbin reviewed on Oct. 18, 2011

This is a wonderful story!! I could not put it down and it kept me on my feet the whole time. Wonderful work, Pierre!
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Fred Nath reviewed on Sep. 23, 2011

I, like many others have become a reluctant fan of this book!
The writing is tight and the story enthralling. An absolute page-turner. Highly recommended.
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Faith Van Rooyen reviewed on Sep. 21, 2011

One of the best novels I have ever read and I couldn't put it down. Little Angelina Freyer, the Kenyan farm-girl had my attention from the very first line and I followed her amazing adventures with bated breath. I wish more novels like this were written. Reading this book is like watching a film. An incredible experience. Strongly recommend it.

Natalie Mortimer
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