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Chained

Lynne Kelly

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

After ten-year-old Hastin’s family borrows money to pay for his sister’s hospital bill, he leaves his village in northern India to take a job as an elephant keeper and work off the debt. He thinks it will be an adventure, but he isn’t prepared for the cruel circus owner. The crowds that come to the circus see a lively animal who plays soccer and balances on milk bottles, but Hastin sees Nandita, a sweet elephant and his best friend, who is chained when she’s not performing and hurt with a hook until she learns tricks perfectly. Hastin protects Nandita as best as he can, knowing that the only way they will both survive is if he can find a way for them to escape. 

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An entire herd of elephants will care for a member that falls ill.
—From Care of Jungle Elephants by Tin San Bo

 
The flood left, but the fever stayed.
I sit on the floor of our hut and hold a cold washcloth to Chanda’s forehead. My mother boils another pot of basil tea on our village’s clay stove in the courtyard. Voices of our neighbors gathered around her flow through the open door of our home.
“Here—papaya juice with honey.”
“Have you tried raisins with ginger? Boil them together and have her drink the liquid.”
“Take
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 “…an affecting animal story and a well-paced adventure.”--School Library Journal

"First novelist Kelly crafts a layered, convincing tale of interspecies friendship between individuals who care for each other within the confines of enslavement.”--Horn Book

“A heartfelt…addition to the literature promoting better treatment of our fellow animals.”--Kirkus

"Lynne Kelly has written a story that unwraps the heart and asks it to be brave, loyal, and above all, kind.  Readers of all ages will worry for Hastin as he marks the wall that records his bondage to a cruel master, but they will ultimately celebrate his jubilant triumph.  This story unwrapped my own heart." –Kathi Appelt, author of the Newbery Honor and New York Times bestseller The Underneath

 

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CHAINED by Lynne Kelly | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of CHAINED . Can a friendship born in mutual bondage save a boy and an elephant calf in modern India?
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  • Lynne Kelly

  • Lynne Kelly is a sign language interpreter and a writer. Chained is her first novel. She lives in Houston, Texas.
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Chained

Lynne Kelly

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Maine Student Book Award Master List, South Asia Book Award - Winner, Tri-State Reviews Committee Books of Note - Master List, Children's Crown Collection (National Christian Schools Asso, California Young Reader Medal Master List, Illinois Bluestem Book Award ML, Sakura Medal (Japan) ML, Texas Horn Toad Tales Master List, ABC New Voices Title 2011, ABC New Voices Title
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