Book: Elephant Run by Roland Smith
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
For: Book Fair Preparation
This book started out a bit slow for me. I think there was too much background or something. Too much explanation, too much nature stuff.
BUT... then the action got going and it did a big turn around and ended up quite nail-biting! The story takes place during WWII. Nick's apartment building gets bombed in London, so his mom decides to send him to his dad who runs a teak plantation in Burma. Well, things in Burma aren't going so well either because the Japanese front is closing in. In fact, he would have been much better off staying in London. Of course, then he would have ended up missing the adventure of his life, for his life!
There are several references (not detailed descriptions) to beatings, POW situations, beheadings and such, so this is definitely a book for older kids. So, the slow start ended up to be a real page turner.