An Elephant in the Garden (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Oct 25, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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Lizzie and Karl’s mother is a zoo keeper; the family has become attached to an orphaned elephant named Marlene, who will be destroyed as a precautionary measure so she and the other animals don’t run wild should the zoo be hit by bombs. The family persuades the zoo director to let Marlene stay in their garden instead. When the city is bombed, the family flees with thousands of others, but how can they walk the same route when they have an elephant in tow, and keep themselves safe? Along the way, they meet Peter, a Canadian navigator who risks his own capture to save the family.

As Michael Morpurgo writes in an author’s note, An Elephant in the Garden is inspired by historical truths, and by his admiration for elephants, “the noblest and wisest and most sensitive of all creatures.” Here is a story that brings together an unlikely group of survivors whose faith in kindness and love proves the best weapon of all.


  

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Review: An Elephant in the Garden

User Review  - Au-co - Goodreads

I think the target audience for this book is ages 12 and under, and that might have been the reason why I was so bored throughout. But I think part of it was also the writing as well as the plot. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Wim Tapley - Goodreads

Wow Mr. Morpurgo, you've created another amazing story! After I read this book, I could not stop thinking about it, because it was just such a beautiful story. I love how you went so in depth with the ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Sir Michael Morpurgo, Order of the British Empire, is one of the world’s most acclaimed authors for children. His middle grade novel, War Horse, debuted on Broadway in 2011, and is being adapted for film by Stephen Spielberg.

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