Tua and the Elephant

Readers Advisory

More stories about elephants (subject appeal):

Bildner, Phil. Twenty-one elephants. Eight-year-old Hannah, upon completion of the Brooklyn Bridge, enlists the help of P.T. Barnum and his twenty-one elephants to prove to her father and all of Brooklyn that the bridge is safe. (WorldCat.org)

DiCamillo, Kate. The magician’s elephant. When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her. (WorldCat.org)

Fleischmann, Sid. The white elephant. In old Siam, young elephant trainer Run-Run and his old charge, Walking Mountain, must deal with the curse of a sacred white elephant. (WorldCat.org)

Helfer, Ralph. The world’s greatest elephant. Born on the same day in the same German town, Bram and his elephant, Modoc, grew up side by side. Their circus act brought them wide fame, but their incredible bond would also lead to a series of adventures with danger at every turn. (WorldCat.org)

Kehret, Peg. Saving Lilly. Erin and David discover a local circus, the Glitter Tent Circus, is one of the worst local animal abusers, then they find their teacher plans to take the class on a field trip there. Worse, Lilly the elephant is about to be sold to a hunting park! Can a class of determined 6th graders make a difference? (WorldCat.org)

McCall Smith, Alexander. Akimbo and the elephants. On the African game preserve where his father works, Akimbo devises a dangerous plan to capture a ring of elephant poachers. (WorldCat.org)

Pullman, Phillip. The fire-maker’s daughter. In a country far to the east, Chulak and his talking white elephant Hamlet help Lila seek the Royal Sulphur from the sacred volcano so that she can become a master maker of fireworks like her father. (WorldCat.org)

More stories about animal rescue or animal welfare (theme appeal):

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fight for life. With the help of her veterinarian grandmother and the other volunteers at the Wild at Heart Animal Clinic, eleven-year-old Maggie rescues sick puppies from an illegal puppy mill. (WorldCat.org)

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Homeless. Sunita and her fellow volunteers at the Wild at Heart veterinary clinic become involved in efforts to save a bunch of feral and abandoned cats with the help of Dr. Mac. (WorldCat.org)

Draper, Sharon M. The backyard animal show. After rescuing an orphaned deer, Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs club members decide to stage a neighborhood animal show to raise money for the local wildlife rescue center. (WorldCat.org)

Elliott, David. Evangeline Mudd and the great mink escapade. Keeping a promise to her friends in the Pals United for Furry Friends organization, ten-year-old Evangeline returns to Mudd Manor to try to rescue a group of minks before they are turned into ballet costumes. (WorldCat.org)

Korman, Gordan. Zoobreak. After a class trip to a floating zoo where animals are mistreated and Savannah’s missing pet monkey is found in a cage, Long Island sixth-grader Griffin Bing and his band of misfits plan a rescue. (WorldCat.org)

Osborne, Mary Pope. Dingoes at dinnertime. The magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie away to Australia where they must save some animals from a wildfire. (WorldCat.org)

McDonald, Megan. Stink and the great guinea pig express. Stink Moody, friends Webster and Sophie, and Mrs. Birdwistle visit tourist attractions in Virginia as they try to give away 101 guinea pigs rescued from a laboratory, although Stink is very reluctant to give away his favorite, Astro. (WorldCat.org)

More stories set in Thailand (setting appeal):

Bridges, Shirin Yim. The umbrella queen. In a village in Thailand where everyone makes umbrellas, young Noot dreams of painting the most beautiful one and leading the annual parade as Umbrella Queen, but her unconventional designs displease her parents. (WorldCat.org)

Ho, Minfong. Hush!: a Thai lullaby. A lullaby which asks animals such as a lizard, monkey, and water-buffalo to be quiet and not disturb the sleeping baby. (WorldCat.org)

Marsden, Carolyn. Silk umbrellas. Eleven-year-old Noi worries that she will have to stop painting the silk umbrellas her family sells at the market near their Thai village and be forced to join her older sister in difficult work at a local factory instead. (WorldCat.org)

Vejjajiva, Jane. The happiness of Kati. Kati is a nine-year-old girl whose mother is suffering from in incurable illness. Kati must go through the steps of happiness and sorrow, bonding and separation. Nevertheless, Kati has learned from these steps that the sorrow from her losses cannot take away the happiness she has received from her mother’s love and bonding. (WorldCat.org)

More adventure stories (genre appeal):

Appelt, Kathi. The Underneaths. An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner’s run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free. (WorldCat.org)

Auch, Mary Jane. A dog on his own. After a daring escape from the animal shelter, Pearl, Peppy, and K-10 – so named because he is one step above all the other canines – explore the outside world while moving from one adventure to another. (WorldCat.org)

DiCamillo, Kate. The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane. Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories. (WorldCat.org)

Jacobson, Jennifer. Small as an elephant. Abandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground, Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on, with only a small toy elephant for company. (WorldCat.org)

Kipling, Rudyard. The jungle book. Adopted by a family of wolves in India, Mowgli lives by the Law of the Jungle until he ventures into the village to meet the mysterious animals called humans. (WorldCat.org)

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