Dindy and the Elephant by Elizabeth Laird

Dindy and the Elephant

Written by Elizabeth Laird

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Dindy’s way of life is about to change for ever. She’s grown up on a tea plantation in Kerala but independence is coming, and the British, including Dindy’s family, are getting ready to leave India. Frightened at the prospect, Dindy takes her little brother out for an adventure, one that will put them both in real danger, and reveal all sorts of truths and secrets about the lives they have been living. Elizabeth Laird describes colonial life very well indeed, and Dindy is a real and sympathetic character. A beautifully written and ultimately uplifting story about a fascinating period of history. ~ Andrea Reece


Dindy and the Elephant by Elizabeth Laird

Bored with her little brother Pog's childish games, Dindy decides that she's finally grown-up enough for a real adventure. While her mother is sleeping and the servants are busy, she takes Pog deep into the tea gardens, a place they are never supposed to go alone. Terrified by a wild animals and snubbed by the local children, Dindy starts to realize how little she really knows about India, even though it's the only place she's ever called home. But little does she know her life is about to be turned upside down when her mother is taken ill and her father tells her they are leaving India, for good.

Dindy and the Elephant is a wonderful portrait of a young British child coming to terms with leaving her beloved childhood home, while at the same time realizing that many of the things she has been raised to believe are wrong.

About the Author

Elizabeth Laird

ELIZABETH LAIRD was born in New Zealand of Scottish parents. On leaving university, she lived and taught for some time in Addis Ababa, where she fell in love with Ethiopia’s stunning landscapes and brace, enduring people. Since her first trip to the country in her early twenties, Liz has travelled extensively all over Ethiopia (and indeed the world), and everywhere she went she saw boys and girls running. Running to school, running to work. They ran and ran. In every young heart the ambition to win gold for their country was beating. These young runners with their huge dreams have stayed with Liz and inspired the story of The Fastest Boy in the World.

In between her travels in Ethiopia, Malaysia and India, Liz also lived for some time in Lebanon, Iraq and Austria with her husband and two sons. After leaving Austria she and her husband decided to earn their living as writers, settling in London: since then, she has written over 30 books for children, has been shortlisted five times for the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as every other major children’s book award. Liz now lives with her husband, splitting their time between London and Edinburgh.

Elizabeth Laird's books have been translated into 15 languages.

Photo: © Anne Mortensen

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192 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

4th June 2015




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