Elephant Run

Elephant Run is a young adult historical novel by Roland Smith, first published in 2007. It takes place mainly in Burma in the midst of World War II. The main character is Nicholas Freestone, a 14-year-old boy who is sent to live with his father on the family teak plantation to escape the bombing in London. When the Japanese invade Burma, they take over the plantation, sending Nick's father, Jackson Freestone, to a prison camp and leaving Nick to survive alone.

Elephant Run was chosen as one of the ALA Best Books for Young Adults in 2009, and received several nominations for book awards.

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Elephant Run - Plot Summary
... The next day Nick is at the village and Hannibal, a koongyi (timber elephant) with a grudge against tigers, attacks Nick and his ribs are cracked ... Hilltop is said to know the secret language of the elephants ... into custody all its inhabitants while Nick and the elephants go into hiding ...

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