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Elephant Run by Roland Smith
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Dec 13, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: teenhistoricalfiction, teenfiction
Read in December, 2008

It's 1941 and World War II is literally at Nick's doorstep in London. In an effort to keep Nick safe, his mother sends him to live with his father on a teak plantation in Burma. Unfortunately, the Japanese army arrives just after Nick does, literally making him a prisoner in his own home. After ten brutal months, Nick decides it's time for an escape and to try to rescue his father, who is being held at a POW camp.

This is such a different look at WWII. I am so used to just reading about the war from the European perspective, with the occasional book about life on the homefront or in a Japanese camp. This gives you a glimpse into the war as it impacted lives literally a world away. Add a house with secret passages, trained elephants and a monk that keeps showing up just when you need him, and you have the makings of a truely unique historical ficiton for teens.
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Gabe Frey I truly enjoyed the book as much as you did. As you said this book provides a different insight of the second world war. I really appreciated the way Roland Smith incorporated so much of Burma's culture and tradition in order to make any reader feel at home at the Hawks Nest in the Burmese jungle. A different perspective was much needed and very informative,


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