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Smith, Roland.
New York :  Hyperion Books for Children, 2007
IL 5-8, RL 5.0
ISBN 1423104021
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ELEPHANT RUN is an exciting, historical adventure novel by the author of the popular high- altitude adventure book, “Peak”. In 1941, Nick Freestone joins his father at the family plantation in Burma to escape the bombs falling on England.  Instead of finding refuge, he is plunged into the Japanese invasion of Burma. With the help of his young friend, Mya, Nick tries to learn more about the timber elephants trained on the plantation. Mya, a girl who hopes to become an elephant trainer, or "mahout," barely has time to show Nick around the plantation before Nick's father is taken prisoner by the Japanese. With Japanese soldiers in charge of the family home, Nick becomes an unwilling servant of the Japanese. But there are hidden passageways in the house, and soon Mya and Nick have found a way to escape into the jungle, riding on the back of a much-feared rogue elephant named Hannibal. Will Nick and Mya reach safety and what will become of Nick’s father?  Read ELEPHANT RUN and find out for yourself.   (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2008-2009)
SUBJECTS: World War, 1939-1945 -- Burma -- Fiction.
                    Prisoners of war -- Fiction.
                    Elephants -- Fiction.
                    Burma -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
                    Historical fiction.

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