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Whelan, Gloria

Works: 130 works in 589 publications in 9 languages and 45,663 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  History  Historical fiction  Novels  Haiku  Picture books  Biographical fiction  Readers (Publications)  Sea stories 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PZ7.W5718, FIC
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Most widely held works about Gloria Whelan
Most widely held works by Gloria Whelan
Homeless bird by Gloria Whelan( Book )

50 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 3,196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a remarkable young woman who dares to defy fate. Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old Koly faces her arranged marriage with hope and courage. But Koly's story takes a terrible turn when in the wake of the ceremony, she discovers she's been horribly misled; her life has been sold for a dowry. Relays the story of a rare young woman, who even when cast out into a brutal current of time-worn tradition, sets out to forge her own remarkable future. Inspired by a newspaper article about the real thirteen-year-old widows in India today
Listening for lions by Gloria Whelan( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 3,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Left an orphan after the influenza epidemic in British East Africa in 1918, thirteen-year-old Rachel is tricked into assuming a deceased neighbor's identity to travel to England, where her only dream is to return to Africa and rebuild her parents' mission hospital
Chu Ju's house by Gloria Whelan( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In order to save her baby sister, fourteen-year-old Chu Ju leaves her rural home in modern China and earns food and shelter by working on a sampan, tending silk worms, and planting rice seedlings, while wondering if she will ever see her family again
The disappeared by Gloria Whelan( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Korean and held by 2,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Silvia tries to save her brother, Eduardo, after he is captured by the military government in 1970s Argentina
Yuki and the one thousand carriers by Gloria Whelan( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and French and held by 2,022 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Japan, as a provincial governor, his wife, and daughter Yuki, followed by 1,000 attendants, travel the historic Tokaido Road to the Shogun's palace in Edo, Yuki keeps up with her lessons by writing poems describing the journey
Yatandou by Gloria Whelan( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and French and held by 1,961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Yatandou lives in a Mali village with her family and neighbors. And though she is only eight years old and would much rather play with her pet goat, she must sit with the women and pound millet kernels. To grind enough millet for one day's food, the women must pound the kernels with their pounding sticks for three hours. It is hard work, especially when one is eight years old. But as they work, the women dream of a machine that can grind the millet and free them from their pounding sticks. But the machine will only come when the women have raised enough money to buy it. Yatandou must help raise the money, even if it means parting with something she holds dear"--Publisher description
Living Together : Short Stories and a Novella by Gloria Whelan( )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whelan considers a variety of narratives about people coexisting, breaking apart, or coming together. The subdued lives of older women are shaken by a scandalous invasion; a man looks around him to discover he will be living the rest of his life in the wrong place with the wrong people; a married couple, grown apart, find themselves locked together; suburbanites reach out tentatively to the distant city; a house and the ghosts who inhabit it change lives. A final section contains Whelan's novella, "Keeping Your Place," which follows a family as their lives and their home change during the years of the Vietnam War. After the loss of her husband, a mother and the three children must make a final visit to their beloved cabin in the woods and come to a crucial decision
Angel on the square by Gloria Whelan( Book )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1913 Russia, twelve-year-old Katya eagerly anticipates leaving her St. Petersburg home, though not her older cousin Misha, to join her mother, a lady in waiting in the household of Tsar Nicholas II, but the ensuing years bring world war, revolution, and undreamed of changes to her life
Queen Victoria's bathing machine by Gloria Whelan( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2019 in English and Chinese and held by 1,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspired by a true story, when Queen Victoria is unable to go swimming without her subjects glimpsing her in a swimming suit, her husband, Prince Albert, comes up with an innovative solution so his wife can indulge in the healthy exercise
Goodbye, Vietnam by Gloria Whelan( Book )

23 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 1,216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirteen-year-old Mai and her family embark on a dangerous sea voyage from Vietnam to Hong Kong to escape the unpredictable and often brutal Vietnamese government
Silver by Gloria Whelan( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Even though he is the runt of the litter from her father's prize sled-racing dog, ten-year-old Rachel plans to train her puppy to become a champion racer and determines to track him down when he mysteriously disappears
Night of the full moon by Gloria Whelan( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1840, Libby, living with her family on the Michigan frontier, finds herself inadvertently caught up in the forced evacuation of a group of Potawatomi Indians from their tribal lands
Next spring an oriole by Gloria Whelan( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 2017 in English and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1837 ten-year-old Libby and her parents journey by covered wagon to the Michigan frontier, where they make themselves a new home near friendly Indians and other pioneers
Hannah by Gloria Whelan( Book )

19 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and held by 892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nine-year-old Hannah, living on a farm in 1887 Michigan, is referred to as 'poor Hannah' because she is blind. In this brief historical novel, Hannah tells of a turning point in her life when Miss Robbin, the new teacher, comes to board with them and eventually persuades the family to let Hannah attend school. A touching, believable story with strong characterizations and sense of place."
The impossible journey by Gloria Whelan( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1934, thirteen-year-old Marya and her younger brother, Georgi, set out alone on a long and arduous journey into Siberia to find their mother after she and their father are exiled for opposing Stalin
Once on this island by Gloria Whelan( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve-year-old Mary and her older brother and sister tend the family farm on Michigan's Mackinac Island while their father is away fighting the British in the War of 1812
Jam & jelly by Holly & Nellie by Gloria Whelan( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Nellie and her mother pick berries all summer in order to make enough money so that Nellie can get a coat to wear to school in the winter
Friend on freedom river by Gloria Whelan( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1850 the Detroit River was a major track along the Underground Railroad -- the last step to freedom. The journey across the river was dangerous, especially in winter and especially for a 12-year-old boy. When Louis's father left him in charge of the farm he offered his son this advice, "If you don't know what to do, just do what you think I would have done." Louis relies upon his father's words of wisdom when a runaway slave and her two children come looking for safe passage. In the second title in our Tales of Young Americans series Gloria Whelan -- author of National Book Award winning Homeless Bird -- beautifully creates a suspenseful coming-of-age story while illuminating a difficult time in America's past. Ms. Whelan's narrative again shows the human spirit will forever shine brightly in dark times. Freedom River - part of our Young Americans series - will quickly become a favorite for its important message and look at history from a youngster's eye. Artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen - a Sleeping Bear Press favorite - treats the material as only he can. Each illustrated page demonstrates the same mastery and devotion to his craft as the young heroes he brings to life
Small acts of amazing courage by Gloria Whelan( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1919, independent-minded fifteen-year-old Rosalind lives in India with her English parents, and when they fear she has fallen in with some rebellious types who believe in Indian self-government, she is sent "home" to London, where she has never been before and where her older brother died, to stay with her two aunts
The turning by Gloria Whelan( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the months leading up to the August 1991 coup attempt that resulted in the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union, a young dancer with the Kirov Ballet struggles to decide whether to defect while on an upcoming trip to Paris
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Listening for lions
Listening for lionsChu Ju's houseThe disappearedYuki and the one thousand carriersYatandouAngel on the squareGoodbye, VietnamSilver
Alternative Names
Gloria Whelan Amerikaans schrijfster

Gloria Whelan auteure de littérature d'enfance britannique

Gloria Whelan British children's writer

Gloria Whelan escriptora de literatura infantil britànica

Gloria Whelan escritora de literatura infantil británica

Gloria Whelan shkrimtare për fëmijë britike

Whelan, Gloria 1923-

غلوريا ويلن كاتبة للأطفال بريطانية

월런, 글로리아 1923-

웰런, 글로리아 1923-

ウィーラン, グロリア


ホェラン, グローリア