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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780374312503256 Pages, Ages 10-14
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.
ABC New Voices Title, Tri-State Reviews Committee Books of Note - Master List, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Texas Horn Toad Tales Master List, Illinois Bluestem Book Award ML, Maine Student Book Award Master List, South Asia Book Award - Winner, California Young Reader Medal Master List
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...
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