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The Elephant's Girl An Elephant Never Forgetsbut Lexington Willow Can T Remember Her Past When She Was A Toddler, A Tornado Swept Her Away From Everyone And Everything She Knew And Landed Her Near An Enclosure In A Nebraska Zoo, Where An Elephant Named Nyah Protected Her From The Storm With No Trace Of Her Family, Lex Grew Up At The Zoo With Her Foster Father, Roger Her Best Friend, Fisher And The Wind Whispering In Her EarNow That She S Twelve, Lex Is Finally Old Enough To Help With The Elephants But During Their First Training Session, Nyah Sends Her A Telepathic Image Of The Woods Outside The Zoo Despite The Wind S Protests, Lex Decides To Investigate Nyah S Message And Gets Wrapped Up In An Adventure Involving Ghosts, Lost Treasure, And A Puzzle That Might Be The Key To Finding Her Family Can Lex Summon The Courage To Hunt For Who She Really Is And Why The Tornado Brought Her Here All Those Years Ago


10 thoughts on “The Elephant's Girl

  1. says:

    NOW AVAILABLE 4.5 Stars A charming, beautifully shared story of a young girl who has few memories of her past, or the family she was born into, her earliest memories being those of a girl too young to remember the day a tornado took her family away, leaving her to be found inside the zoo, beside Nyah, an elephant who wrapped her trunk around the young girl and protected her from the raging winds Since that day, she has lived at the Lexington Zoo in Omaha with Roger Marsh, the zoo s train NOW AVAILABLE 4.5 Stars A charming, beautifully shared story of a young girl who has few memories of her past, or the family she was born into, her earliest memories being those of a girl too young to remember the day a tornado took her family away, leaving her to be found inside the zoo, beside Nyah, an elephant who wrapped her trunk around the young girl and protected her from the raging winds Since that day, she has lived at the Lexington Zoo in Omaha with Roger Marsh, the zoo s train engineer, as her guardian With no one to share the details of her life before she came to live in the zoo, no one knows her real name, or her age Since there is a young boy, Fisher, also living at the zoo that seems about her age, they decide she must be the same age, five years old And, without a name, Roger names her Lexington Lexington, or Lex as she prefers to be called, goes to school for a while, but when the other children begin to mercilessly taunt her, calling her Elephant Girl and teasing her for talking to the wind the wind that took her real family away, the wind that knows her true story, that whispers things to her, things only she can hear Eventually, Lex refuses to return to school and so she spends her days at the zoo, being tutored, doing chores and homework, with Nyah, with her human best friend Fisher, listening to the wind, and searching for answers In her free time, now twelve year old Lex wanders about the zoo and surrounding areas and eventually, perhaps inevitably, meets Miss Amanda who resides in a small trailer just outside the zoo s fence A woman who is looking to regain something that once belonged to her, something she would like to make sure ends up in the right hands after all, Miss Amanda, being a misplaced spirit, has no need for things of earthly value And Lex might be just the person to help her find what is missing, along with some help from her best friend Fisher.The way this story flows, a story written ostensibly for Middle Grade ages, but one that is equally engaging for adults, this story, and the style of the writing, reminded me of Kate DiCamillo s stories, which I ve loved A welcome respite from our current state of affairs with a little bit of mystery to be solved.Another book where I highly recommend you read the Author s Note at the end, which includes some of the fascinating things the author, Celesta Rimington, learned about elephant communications.Pub Date 19 May 2020 Many thanks for the ARC provided by Random House Children s Crown Books for Young Readers


  2. says:

    This is a middle grade book The main character of this book is a girl called Lexington Willow that lives at Nebraska zoo since she was a toddler a tornado swept her to the zoo This story has magical realism ghost and the girl talks to the wind and the wind talks to her This is a heartwarming story that is about a girl finding where she came from, and who she is now I loved this story, and I could not put this book down all day I think even if it is a middle grade adults will love this sto This is a middle grade book The main character of this book is a girl called Lexington Willow that lives at Nebraska zoo since she was a toddler a tornado swept her to the zoo This story has magical realism ghost and the girl talks to the wind and the wind talks to her This is a heartwarming story that is about a girl finding where she came from, and who she is now I loved this story, and I could not put this book down all day I think even if it is a middle grade adults will love this story to I was kindly provided an e copy of this book by the publisher or author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I have since purchase the hardcopy of this book from my daughter


  3. says:

    Hi, everyone I m the author of The Elephant s Girl Thank you for visiting I wrote this magical book for every kid who has ever felt alone and every kid who wants a good friendship story It s for girls and boys and elephants It s for kids who d love the power to talk to the wind and for anyone who enjoys animals, adventure, and a hint of magic The characters including the elephant were so fun to write and are as real to me as if they told me this story themselves I hope you enjoy living Hi, everyone I m the author of The Elephant s Girl Thank you for visiting I wrote this magical book for every kid who has ever felt alone and every kid who wants a good friendship story It s for girls and boys and elephants It s for kids who d love the power to talk to the wind and for anyone who enjoys animals, adventure, and a hint of magic The characters including the elephant were so fun to write and are as real to me as if they told me this story themselves I hope you enjoy living in their world for a while This book is for everyone who has ever battled a storm Face down the wind, my friends


  4. says:

    My 11 year old daughter and I just finished Celesta s debut novel and LOVED it Heartwarming, exciting, intelligently written, and with all the feel of a classic, The Elephant s Girl helped us introduce and explore contemporary issues with our kids like mixed blended families, animal care and rights, cultural awareness, and above all, the importance and power of friendship and love If you or your kids love animals and the great outdoors, this is a fantastic read


  5. says:

    A beautiful book that feels like a classic.


  6. says:

    First off, isn t this a beautiful cover It is what first drew me to the book.When she was very young, Lex was found after a tornado being sheltered by a zoo elephant Nobody every claimed the child, and she was raised at the zoo As she gets older, she s naturally curious about her parents and what happened, and with the help of the same elephant and a ghost, Lex learnsabout her past.This I really liked about this book first off the adults were excellent I loved how they were involv First off, isn t this a beautiful cover It is what first drew me to the book.When she was very young, Lex was found after a tornado being sheltered by a zoo elephant Nobody every claimed the child, and she was raised at the zoo As she gets older, she s naturally curious about her parents and what happened, and with the help of the same elephant and a ghost, Lex learnsabout her past.This I really liked about this book first off the adults were excellent I loved how they were involved in Lex s life and supportive, instead of just side characters to be avoided Lex s friendship with Fisher is also great Additionally, bullying by some of the kids from town was well portrayed and not one eimensional.I d certainly recommend this to middle grade and above readers It has a lot of positive things to say about home, family, friendship, and finding yourself


  7. says:

    Kid Lit Children s Literature has been a favorite genre of mine since I was, wella kid I guess I never really outgrew it, and that was convenient when I was raising my children I always had a good book handy for them to dive into Celesta Rimington s The Elephant s Girl is one of those books that I would have been excited to get into my children s hands It would actually be a great read aloud book for the whole family I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy it doesn t come out i Kid Lit Children s Literature has been a favorite genre of mine since I was, wella kid I guess I never really outgrew it, and that was convenient when I was raising my children I always had a good book handy for them to dive into Celesta Rimington s The Elephant s Girl is one of those books that I would have been excited to get into my children s hands It would actually be a great read aloud book for the whole family I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy it doesn t come out in bookstores until May 2020, and I m so sorry you all have to wait so long to read it and it was a delightful experience Ms Rimington has certainly done her research I learned so much about elephants, tornados, trains, and zoos The real treasure here, however, is the author s depiction of a little girl, torn from her family during a tornado, protected from the terrible wind by a zoo elephant, and her struggle to discover her own identity with a little help from a ghost and an elephant s telepathic messages Lexington Willow so named by her foster father Roger Marsh, zoo train engineer and the man who found her being sheltered by Nyah the zoo elephant in the aftermath of the tornado yearns for a family of her own But to uncover the truth about who she really is will requirethan a little courage, determination, and ingenuity As the story unfolds at an ever increasing pace, we can hardly wait to see what happens next The pages just can t turn fast enough The Elephant s Girl is a story of friendship and family It is an adventure and a mystery It is a ghost story and a coming of age story And all of this is blended together with just the right touch of magical realism to make our imaginations soar Celesta Rimington s debut middle grade novel touches me on many different levels, but it especially touches my heart It is a story WITH heart for every child heart that has experienced loneliness, fear, and the challenge of being different The Elephant s Girl is a book for girls, boys, and grownups alike I give it my rarely bestowed 5 Stars and recommend it highly And to Ms Rimington I say, as did Bob Cratchit to Mrs Cratchit after tasting her Christmas pudding, A triumph, my dear, a triumph


  8. says:

    This sweet story reminded me of another favorite book Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo This book is real and heartfelt with authentic characters, meaningful relationships, and a touch of magical realism I loved it


  9. says:

    Lex Willow was only a toddler when, seven years ago, she was found inside the elephant habitat at the Lexington Zoo, after a devastating tornado She was being guarded by Nyah, a young elephant, and was found only because a ghost pointed the way to where she was located When a lengthy search turned up no family, she was allowed to live in the zoo with Roger Marsh, the zoo s train engineer, as her guardian Lex s best friend, Fisher, also lives inside the zoo since his parents are both zoo emplo Lex Willow was only a toddler when, seven years ago, she was found inside the elephant habitat at the Lexington Zoo, after a devastating tornado She was being guarded by Nyah, a young elephant, and was found only because a ghost pointed the way to where she was located When a lengthy search turned up no family, she was allowed to live in the zoo with Roger Marsh, the zoo s train engineer, as her guardian Lex s best friend, Fisher, also lives inside the zoo since his parents are both zoo employees While Fisher attends a local public school, Lex is homeschooled because the school children made fun of her, pointing out the fact that she talks to the wind and by also calling her Elephant Girl So in the present, Lex discovers a misplaced spirit who has a mystery that must be uncovered Lex feels compelled to reveal the secrets she uncovers, even if it includes damaging zoo property But she eventually bites offthan she can chew, risking losing permission to live on zoo property any .When I agreed to review this book, I didn t even know it was set in Lexington, Nebraska not too far from where I live So all the references to weather and other local hot spots in the area were spot on Also worth noting is the fact that Lex s homeschool teacher, who happens to be Fisher s mom, is requiring her to write a paper comparing herself to Karana from the book Island of the Blue Dolphins So there are a number of ways she examines her experiences throughout that story I usually examine parent child relationships in coming of age books, but in this book it s complicated by her unusual circumstances of being taken in by a zoo employee who hasn t officially adopted her But it s still a beautiful relationship with mutual respect the type that I would hope all children have with their biological or adoptive parents.This book is Celesta Rimington s debut novel, but it certainly didn t read like one The writing was so beautiful and I easily slipped into the story, admiring her descriptive language and in depth understanding of Lex Further, Rimington went to great measures to research elephant communications, zoos, and the circus Additionally, she worked for Omaha s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, so there was plenty of personal experiences to guide her on her research path, leading to this book I happily recommend this story to young readers who love mysterious adventures That said, the story will be equally engaging for adult readers who long to remember the feeling of being young, curious, open minded, and often misunderstood My thanks to Netgalley and Crown Books for providing me with an Advance Reader s Copy so that I could give an honest review This title is scheduled to be published tomorrow, May 19th.Forchildren s literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature reviews, feel free to visit my personal blog at The Miller Memo


  10. says:

    Such a fun, sweet story It hits so many elements I love in a story which I won t list here so as not to spoil anything but they were great additions to the tale But if you want to know view spoiler elephants, ghosts, magical elements, weather tornadoes, conservation zoos hide spoiler I love elephants so I was initially drawn to the book by the beautiful cover but I was hooked from the first sentence paragraph by the captivating writing It sets the mood and tone immediately and it s ju Such a fun, sweet story It hits so many elements I love in a story which I won t list here so as not to spoil anything but they were great additions to the tale But if you want to know view spoiler elephants, ghosts, magical elements, weather tornadoes, conservation zoos hide spoiler I love elephants so I was initially drawn to the book by the beautiful cover but I was hooked from the first sentence paragraph by the captivating writing It sets the mood and tone immediately and it s just so good I loved the setting as well, both in and out of the zoo There were a few elements that were a little unrealistic towards the later part of the book but those in no way ruined anything for me, I just noted it and moved on I m not usually one to read middle grade books although it s usually a win when I do but this was wonderful and one I d recommend for all ages Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Children s Crown Books for Young Readers for an advanced ebook copy in exchange for a fair, honest review


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