The Child's Elephant
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The Child's Elephant

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"I cannot trumpet this book loudly enough. Scary, funny, romantic, heartwarming; an elephant book you won't forget." (Michael Morpurgo). When a baby elephant is abandoned on the African savannah, a young boy named Bat takes her back to his village and cares for her. But Bat's grandmother explains that Meya cannot stay with them for ever - the call of the wild will always be sounding in her soul. Then frightening rumours arrive at the village; rumours of kidnapping, suffering and war. Bat and his friend Muka are snatched, and catapulted into a new life of unimaginable terror. Will the bond between Bat and Meya strong enough to save them? This is a thrilling, heartbreaking and beautiful novel from an exciting new voice in children's books, Rachel Campbell-Johnston.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 30mm | 320g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Black & white section & chapter head illustrations
  • 0552571148
  • 9780552571142
  • 214,164

Review quote

"I cannot trumpet this book loudly enough. Scary, funny, romantic, heart-warming; an elephant book you won't forget" -- Michael Morpurgo "Beautifully written ... The Child's Elephant sings with a formidable talent, imagination and passion" The Times "A big and important story ... that smoulders in the mind long after the final page" -- Annabel Pitcher Guardian "Lyrical, compelling and totally convincing ... a great new children's classic" The Times, Saturday Review "A heart-wrenching and sometimes terrifying tale ... Compulsive reading" Children's Books Irelandshow more

About Rachel Campbell-Johnston

Rachel Campbell-Johnston is the chief art critic and poetry critic for The Times. She studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and has a PhD in modern and contemporary British poetry. Her first book, Mysterious Wisdom: The Life and Work of Samuel Palmer, was published to great acclaim in 2011. Rachel lives in the country with her family and an assortment of animals. The Child's Elephant is her first book for children.show more

Back cover copy

SHORTLISTED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2014 'A masterpiece' The Times When a baby elephant is orphaned on the African savannah, a young boy named Bat takes her home. But Bat's grandmother knows that Meya cannot stay with them for ever; the call of the wild will always be sounding in her soul. The Bat and his best friend are snatched by soldiers and catapulted into a terrifying new life. Will the bond between Bat and Meya be strong enough to save them? 'Smoulders in the mind long after the final page' Guardianshow more

Review Text

"A heart-wrenching and sometimes terrifying tale . . . Compulsive reading"show more

Rating details

214 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 29% (61)
4 32% (68)
3 30% (65)
2 5% (10)
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