The Child's Elephant

Written by Rachel Campbell-Johnston

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Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 9-11 category    Bat and his closest friend, Muka, are catapulted into a new life of unimaginable terror. Now memories of their village world feel so far away. Will the bond between elephant and child remain strong enough to save them?

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See below for the entire shortlist.

The Child's Elephant Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014. 'Throw your heart out in front of you and run to catch it.' That's what the boy's grandmother always said.    

When a baby elephant is left orphaned on the African savannah, Bat, a young herdsboy, takes her home and cares for her. But Bat's grandmother knows that Meya cannot stay with them for ever - the call of the wild will always be sounding in her soul. And there are rumours borne on the wind; frightening stories of kidnapping and suffering and war.

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Leeds Book Awards 2014

9-11 Shortlist

The Battles of Ben Kingdom by Andrew Beasley

The Great Ice-cream Heist by Elen Caldecott

Ways to See a Ghost by Emily Diamand

Osbert the Avenger by Christopher William Hill

The Child's Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston

Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones

11-14 Shortlist

Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce

After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross

How to be Invisible by Tim Lott

The Poison Boy by Fletcher Moss

Blood Tracks by Paula Rawsthorne

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

14-16 Shortlist

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood

Hostage Three by Nick Lake

Siege by Sarah Mussi

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

The Quietness by Alison Rattle

The Child's Elephant Press Reviews

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

Rachel Campbell-Johnston's work is as vivid as it is moving. The Sunday Review

Lyrical, compelling and totally convincing ... a great new children's classic. -- Amanda Craig The Times, Saturday Review

A big and important story...that smoulders in the mind long after the final page. -- Annabel Pitcher Guardian

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

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ISBN: 9780857560766
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Publisher: David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857560766
Publication date: 2nd May 2013
Author: Rachel Campbell-Johnston
Publisher: David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About 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.

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