The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook is a middle grade adventure novel based on historical Sri Lanka. From page one, this story is action-packed. I was absolutely gripped by this book.
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The summary, from Amazon:
Own Voices author Nizrana Farook makes her middle grade debut in a daring tale of friendship, risk, and reward, all set against the lush backdrop of Sri Lanka.
“A rich and joyful adventure story for those who enjoy daring escapades in a fairy-tale setting.” ―School Library Journal
Chaya, a nobleman’s rebellious, outspoken, no-nonsense daughter, just can’t resist the shiny temptations the king’s palace has to offer. But playing Robin Hood for her impoverished community doesn’t come without risks, and when Chaya steals the queen’s jewels from a bedside table―a messy getaway jeopardizes the life of a close friend.
After an equally haphazard prison break, Chaya barely escapes on the king’s prized elephant! With leeches and revolution lurking in the jungle, Chaya leads her companions on a thrilling adventure. After leaving her village as a thief, can she return as a hero? Or will Chaya’s sticky fingers be the beginning―or the end―of everything for the intrepid gang?
Own Voices debut author Nizrana Farook spins a page-turning middle grade tale in a lush, fictional Sri Lankan setting. Just right for adventure fans, the book explores themes of friendship and loyalty, risk and reward, and heroism.
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The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this one! Action packed. Chaya is so memorable and Nour and Neel are great foils for her. Rich description of setting.
Book Club Questions
- Is it ever okay to steal?
- How are the three main characters similar to one another? Different?
- Who was your favorite character? Why?
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