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.
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.
Leeds Book Awards 2014
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
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
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
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
|Publication date:||2nd May 2013|
|Publisher:||David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners|
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.More About Rachel Campbell-Johnston