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  • Published: 2 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448157617
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

The Child's Elephant




The story of the extraordinary friendship between a boy and an elephant, and their incredible survival against all the odds.

'I cannot trumpet this book loudly enough. Scary, funny, romantic, heartwarming; an elephant book you won’t forget' - Michael Morpurgo

When a baby elephant is abandoned on the African savannah, a young boy named Bat takes her back to his village and cares for her. But Bat's grandmother explains that Meya cannot stay with them for ever - the call of the wild will always be sounding in her soul.

Then frightening rumours arrive at the village; rumours of kidnapping, suffering and war. Bat and his friend Muka are snatched, and catapulted into a new life of unimaginable terror. Will the bond between Bat and Meya strong enough to save them?

A thrilling, heartbreaking and beautiful novel from an exciting new voice in children's books, Rachel Campbell-Johnston.

  • Pub date: 2 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448157617
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the Author

Rachel Campbell-Johnston

Rachel Campbell-Johnston is the chief art critic and poetry critic for The Times. She studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and has a PhD in modern and contemporary British poetry. Her first book, Mysterious Wisdom: The Life and Work of Samuel Palmer, was published to great acclaim in 2011. Rachel lives in the country with her family and an assortment of animals. The Child's Elephant is her first book for children.


Praise for The Child's Elephant

“I cannot trumpet this book loudly enough. Scary, funny, romantic, heart-warming; an elephant book you won’t forget”

Michael Morpurgo

“Beautifully written . . . The Child's Elephant sings with a formidable talent, imagination and passion”

The Times

“A big and important story . . . that smoulders in the mind long after the final page”

Annabel Pitcher, Guardian

“Lyrical, compelling and totally convincing . . . a great new children’s classic”

The Times, Saturday Review

“A heart-wrenching and sometimes terrifying tale . . . Compulsive reading”

Children's Books Ireland

“Exciting, funny and sadly topical . . . My children’s book of the year for 8-11s”

Amanda Craig, New Statesman

“Rachel Campbell-Johnston's work is as vivid as it is moving”

The Sunday Review

“Pulls no punches, but there's a moving, almost spiritual ending”

the Independent

“The story is remarkably free from sentimentality and anthropomorphism, and the author does not talk down to the children who will form her audience. Like Rudyard Kipling (to whose folk tale The Elephant’s Child this is surely a tribute), Campbell-Johnston shows a deep knowledge of African culture, with lush metaphors and precise descriptions of locations, smells and weather.”

Rebecca Foster, We Love This Book

“This beautifully written story is a new departure which draws on her (Rachel Campbell-Johnston's) original training as a zoologist. The Child's Elephant sings with a formidable talent, imagination and passion. ”

Amanda Craig, The Times, Saturday Review

“This powerful story is as huge as the African savannah it describes.”

Carousel

“The Child’s Elephant is a captivating and deeply affecting book, exceptional both for the in-the-field research that has gone into writing it, and for the writing itself which is mesmerising.”

Caroline Sanderson, Books for Keeps

“Rachel Campbell-Johnson lyrically conveys much about life in contemporary Africa: its beauty, its communities and many of the issues surrounding its poverty...This is an unforgettable, beautiful and moving novel about the powerful bond between an elephant and a child.”

Book Trust

“A compelling story which has its roots in reality, it is a real page-turner”

Parents in Touch

“The extraordinary story of the incredible friendship between a boy and an elephant, and their survival against all the odds.”

Gransnet

“Shows a deep knowledge of African culture, with lush metaphors and precise descriptions of locations, smells and weather.”

Rebecca Foster, We Love This Book

“Beautifully conveys life in a traditional African village . . . the sights, smells, tastes and colours . . . Reading this left me wanting to find out more about both the place and the background to this story.”

The Book Bag

“This is an extraordinary book”

The Book Bag

“This is an amazing story . . . Definitely for Michael Morpurgo fans and also Gill Lewis and Lauren St John fans. I think almost anyone should read it.”

We Sat Down

“This is a novel that will stay with me forever. I recommend The Child’s Elephant 100%!”

Little M, We Sat Down

“My children's book of the year for 8-11s”

Amanda Craig, New Statesman

“A must-read for both the old and young, it's a triumph in children's literature that you will never forget”

Cirencester Life

“I cannot trumpet this book loudly enough. Scary, funny, romantic, heart-warming; an elephant book you won’t forget”

Michael Morpurgo

“A big and important story . . . that smoulders in the mind long after the final page”

Annabel Pitcher, Guardian

“Lyrical, compelling and totally convincing . . . a great new children’s classic”

The Times, Saturday Review

“Pulls no punches . . . There’s a moving, almost spiritual ending”

Independent on Sunday

“Rachel Campbell-Johnston's work is as vivid as it is moving”

The Sunday Review

“A compelling story which has its roots in reality, it is a real page-turner as the reader is anxious to find out what happens to the pair.”

Parents in Touch


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