ELEPHANT RUN by Roland Smith

ELEPHANT RUN

Age Range: 10 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire for 14-year-old Nick Freestone, as he is sent out of London during the Blitz only to arrive at his father’s teak plantation in Burma right before the Japanese invade. When his father is taken prisoner and hauled off to a prisoner-of-war camp and the plantation is taken over by the Japanese, Nick eventually escapes and reunites with his father with the help of an ancient Buddhist monk, a beautiful, smart girl named Mya, a Burmese Robin Hood, a rampaging bull elephant and various people resisting the Japanese occupation. It’s the thrilling adventure tale Smith is known for, strong on plot and setting, and though the beginning is an uneasy mix of story and information, the tale soon rolls. Adult readers will be reminded of The Bridge on the River Kwai, as the threats of the steamy jungle and the brutality of enemy soldiers are twin complications in a country at war. An adventure tale that is also a family story—as is Smith’s other 2007 title, Peak. (Fiction. 10-13)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4231-0402-5
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2007




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