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Elephant Run by Roland Smith
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Feb 06, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: caudill-2010, adventure, historical, wars-wwii, ya-fiction, survival, animals-elephants
Read in October, 2009

It's 1941 and American Nick Freestone and his mother are living in London waiting for his British step-father to return from his secret job for the war efforts. When bombs destroy the apartment building they are living in, Nick's mom send him to Burma to stay with his father until the war is over. Little do they know that Burma will be in as much turmoil as all of Europe now that the Japanese have invaded. Nick is separated from his father as Jackson Freestone is taken away to a prisoner of war camp. Nick is being held at the family's teak plantation and is a servant/prisoner to the Japanese as well. In Burma, elephants and their mahouts are treasured and valued for their contributions to daily life and work. Nick and his father's loyal employees, who have become friends, plot a daring escape in the company of a strong-willed elephant. What follows is a story of bravery, adventure, war crimes, and survival.

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Joan As I am book talking the Caudills, the kids (especially boys) are fascinating with this plot. Scholastic has a great video clip that really grabs their attention. I haven't read this author before, but will now look for more of his work.

Jackie Lots and lots of people at PV said Peak by Roland Smith was excellent...great for boys! And, check-out his website for classroom/curricular connections.

Joan Thanks, I'll have to check it out.

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