Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
Chained (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012) by Lynn Kelly is a story about a young boy in India rescuing others. First, it's his mother, then it's a baby elephant.
10-year-old Hastin thought that working at a circus taking care of an elephant would be fun. But he doesn't like the cruel treatment of the Nandita, who has become his best friend. Can he escape his master? Can he help Nandita escape, too?
While doing research for this book, author Lynn Kelly came across some interesting elephant facts, which she shares here. There's also a Chained website that includes deleted scenes and more, such as information about the elephant bell.
This book is a 2013 Crystal Kite winner--the award selected by SCBWI peers.
And here's the cover for the book published in India--just because I like it.