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How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant

Written by Elen Caldecott

Debuts of the Month Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

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This is a brilliantly accomplished debut that packs a lot of punch, touching as it does on death in the family and the difficulties of step-family relationships. It's a warm, funny and moving novel that can't fail to bring to the fore a range of mixed emotions for the reader. It's also proof that children can make a real difference if they are determined enough. Elen Caldecott is undoubtedly a distinctive new voice in the world of children's fiction.

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How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant Synopsis

Kirsty Jenkins adores the allotment her grandfather lovingly tends and, just before he dies, he asks Kirsty to look after it for him. But when horrible Mr Thomas from the council insists it must go to the next person on the waiting list, Kirsty is determined to find a way to keep her promise. After pleading with Mr Thomas and demonstrating at the council offices, Kirsty and her half-siblings undertake their most daring plan of all: to 'borrow' the stuffed elephant from the museum that Mr Thomas loves so much, in a last-ditch attempt to gain his attention and understanding.

Perhaps this risky ruse might also shake Kirsty's dad from the quiet sadness he has fallen into ever since her grandfather died.

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ISBN: 9780747599197
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780747599197
Publication date: 5th January 2009
Author: Elen Caldecott
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, General Fiction, Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, eBooks

About Elen Caldecott

Elen Caldecott recently graduated with an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. At the end of the course she was highly commended in the PFD Prize for Most Promising Writer for Young People.Before becoming a writer, she was an archaeologist, a nurse, a theatre usher and a museum security guard. It was while working at the museum that Elen realised there is a way to steal anything if you think about it hard enough. Elen either had to become a master thief, or create some characters to do it for her – and so her ...

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