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The Elephant's Girl
An elephant never forgets...but Lexington Willow can't remember her past. When she was a toddler, a tornado swept her away from everyone and everything she knew and landed her near an enclosure in a Nebraska zoo, where an elephant named Nyah protected her from the storm. With no trace of her family, Lex grew up at the zoo with her foster father, Roger; her best friend, Fis ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2020 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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My 11 year old daughter and I just finished Celesta's debut novel and LOVED it! Heartwarming, exciting, intelligently written, and with all the feel of a classic, The Elephant's Girl helped us introduce and explore contemporary issues with our kids like mixed/blended families, animal care and rights, cultural awareness, and above all, the importance and power of friendship and love. If you or your kids love animals and the great outdoors, this is a fantastic read!
Kid Lit (Children’s Literature) has been a favorite genre of mine since I was, well . . . a kid. I guess I never really outgrew it, and that was convenient when I was raising my children—I always had a good book handy for them to dive into. Celesta Rimington’s The Elephant’s Girl is one of those books that I would have been excited to get into my children’s hands. It would actually be a great read-aloud book for the whole family! I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy (it doesn’t come out i ...more
Sep 30, 2019 Celesta Rimington rated it it was amazing · (Review from the author)
Hi, everyone! I'm the author of The Elephant's Girl. Thank you for visiting! I wrote this magical book for every kid who has ever felt alone and every kid who wants a good friendship story. It's for girls and boys and elephants. It's for kids who'd love the power to talk to the wind and for anyone who enjoys animals, adventure, and a hint of magic. The characters (including the elephant!) were so fun to write and are as real to me as if they told me this story themselves. I hope you enjoy living ...more
Lexington Willow lives in a zoo. Safe inside the zoo fence, she knows what to expect. Everything runs on a schedule, and everyone knows her. Leaving the zoo means being teased by other children and facing the unknown. And Lexington Willow's life has a lot of unknowns: where she came from, who her family is, why she is in a zoo. It isn't until her favorite animal in the zoo--the elephant who saved her from a tornado--sends her a telepathic message that Lex realizes that the answers to her unknown ...more
The Elephant's Girl is a delightful story about a young girl, Lex, who grows up in a zoo after being separated from her family during a devastating tornado. As a small child, Lex was discovered in the zoo's elephant enclosure in the aftermath of the tornado, sheltered by one of the zoo's elephants, Nyah. Since then, Lex has been raised by the zoo's train engineer, Roger, and has formed special bonds with the people and animals who inhabit the zoo. This is one of those rare gems of a book that ca ...more
After a tornado destroys a small Nebraskan town, a toddler is found at the local zoo protected from the storm by a young elephant. With no trace of her family, the girl is given a home at the zoo. Lexington’s past continues to be a mystery until, 9 years later, she is finally allowed to help care for the zoo’s elephant herd. Pictures flash through her mind the first time her eyes meet those of Nyah, her former protector. This link with Nyah intrigues Lex and stimulates latent memories that spur ...more
Lex has lived at the zoo since she was deposited by a tornado. She can speak to the wind, communicate with elephants, and see ghosts. All in all, it's a big, beautiful, totally unusual premise. And the author executes the story beautifully, with characters you root for, a mystery that pulls you in, classic themes like family and identity, and a lovely and oh-so-satisfying conclusion. I both laughed and cried. This is one to buy--it's got all the marks of a new classic.
This was a sweet story of friendship and love and belonging and mystery and even a little bit of magic. The characters became my friends as I read and I was cheering each one on in their struggles and triumphs (including a "misplaced spirit" and Nyah, the elephant). There was so much attention in even the smallest details. This story was obviously well thought out and researched. It would be a wonderful family or classroom read-aloud.
Celesta is one of my mum’s friends, and we were sent an advanced copy. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to read it before it comes out. This book is darling. Absolutely whimsical and full of adventure. A family friendly tale full of friendship, elephants, ghosts, and a girl who can talk to the wind.
Celesta writes magical realism books for middle grade readers. Her debut novel THE ELEPHANT'S GIRL is forthcoming in May 2020 from Crown Books for Young Readers and Random House Children's Books. Celesta has lived in nearly every region of the United States, and her settings are inspired by these places and what makes them unique. She writes about belonging, friendship, and family with a mixture o ...more