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An Elephant in the Garden Award-winning

by Michael Morpurgo (author)

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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Product description

A thrilling and moving novel about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war, for anyone who loved The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips or The Butterfly Lion…

By the award-winning former Children’s Laureate and author of War Horse.

Dresden, 1945. Elizabeth and Karli’s mother works at the zoo, where her favourite animal is a young elephant named Marlene. Then the zoo director tells her that the dangerous animals – including the elephants – must be shot before the town is bombed. Unable to give Marlene up, their mother moves her into the back garden to save her… and then the bombs start to fall.

Their home destroyed, the whole family must flee the bombed-out city and through the perilous, snow-covered landscape, all the while avoiding the Russian troops who are drawing ever closer. It would be hard enough to do, without an elephant in tow…

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780007339587

Publisher

HarperCollins

Date published

June 1st, 2011

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.2; Middle years; 5.0 points

Condition

New

Author/Illustrator

Michael Morpurgo

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  1. fantasticmissfox
    on 5 March 2014

    When Elizabeth’s dad leaves to join the war it seems like the end of a happy dream. Their mother works at the local zoo where she cares for a baby elephant Marlene. One birthday her mother brings Marlene home saying that the animals were to be shot if Dresden was bombed so she has brought Marlene home to look after her. This is the start of many adventures. A passionate story, very deep with many surprises. Loved it.

    5out of 5
  2. Magicme11
    on 14 June 2013

    Ah,I LOVE this book so much!!I love it really and would think ages 8-12 would LOVEE it!

    5out of 5
  3. Nashdasher
    on 8 March 2013

    You get a feeling what it is like in world war two although it’s sad there is always some excitement.

    5out of 5
  4. evil-penguin
    on 4 March 2013

    This book is absolutely great, it really thinks about what it would be like to live in the time of World War two, and although this book is sometimes sad, there is always an exciting or funny thing going to happen just around the corner! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read abou World War two, and myself I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

  5. totalbookworm
    on 2 March 2013

    Great book. May be one of the bests by Michael morpugo ever. Very gripping.

  6. powerpush22
    on 19 February 2013

    Poor old woman!

  7. DoTheImpossible
    on 15 December 2012

    I absolutely ADORED this book! A tale of heartbreak, love, and elephants! A brilliant read!

    5out of 5