AN ELEPHANT IN THE GARDEN

Michael Morpurgo

Lizzie and Karl’s mother is a zoo keeper; the family has become attached to an orphaned elephant named Marlene, who will be destroyed as a precautionary measure so she and the other animals don’t run wild should the zoo be hit by bombs. The family persuades the zoo director to let Marlene stay in their garden instead. When the city is bombed, the family flees with thousands of others, but how can they walk the same route when they have an elephant in tow, and keep themselves safe? Along the way, they meet Peter, a Canadian navigator who risks his own capture to save the family.

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Lizzie and Karl’s mother is a zoo keeper; the family has become attached to an orphaned elephant named Marlene, who will be destroyed as a precautionary measure so she and the other animals don’t run wild should the zoo be hit by bombs. The family persuades the zoo director to let Marlene stay in their garden instead. When the city is bombed, the family flees with thousands of others, but how can they walk the same route when they have an elephant in tow, and keep themselves safe? Along the way, they meet Peter, a Canadian navigator who risks his own capture to save the family.

As Michael Morpurgo writes in an author’s note, An Elephant in the Garden is inspired by historical truths, and by his admiration for elephants, “the noblest and wisest and most sensitive of all creatures.” Here is a story that brings together an unlikely group of survivors whose faith in kindness and love proves the best weapon of all.

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  • Feiwel & Friends
  • Hardcover
  • October 2011
  • 208 Pages
  • 9780312593698

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About Michael Morpurgo

Sir Michael Morpurgo, Order of the British Empire, is one of the world’s most acclaimed authors for children. His middle grade novel, War Horse, debuted on Broadway in 2011, and is being adapted for film by Stephen Spielberg.

Praise

"Readers . . . can’t help but be drawn into the tale of survival told in An Elephant in the Garden, which is loosely based on a real event from World War II."BookPage

“… the calm, steady tone is engaging, appropriate, and will appeal to a wide range of readers.”VOYA

“The occasional interruptions to the story build suspense and add a layer of resonance to Morpurgo’s poignant and thoughtful exploration of the terrible impact of war on both sides of the fighting.”Booklist

“This well-paced, heartwarming narrative by a master storyteller will appeal to readers on several levels…”—School Library Journal