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 Elephant's girl
 Author: Rimington, Celesta

 Publisher:  Yearling (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 324 p.,  19 cm

 BTSB No: 754366 ISBN: 9780593121221
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Elephants -- Fiction
 Zoos -- Fiction
 Orphans -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Ghosts -- Fiction
 Winds -- Fiction

Price: $16.34

Twelve-year-old Lexington, a foundling raised in a zoo, spends a summer cementing friendships, growing closer to the elephant that saved her life, and learning about her family and herself.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 509229

   Kirkus Reviews (03/15/20)
   Booklist (04/15/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/15/2020 After an EF5 tornado tore through Nebraska, Roger, Lexington Zoo’s train engineer, was led by a “misplaced spirit” (ghost) to the elephant enclosure, where a young girl was nestled against and protected by the elephant, Nyah. Amazingly, the girl was unharmed, but her identity was unknown, so Roger took her in and named her Lexington (Lex), with her rescue date as a birthday. Now, at 12, she wonders about her past and her connection with Nyah. Lex begins to uncover the layers of herself as she communicates with the wind, Nyah, and the ghost that helped her after the tornado. As Rimington allows Lex to tell her story, the girl’s fears, curiosity, and determination become paramount to the tale. Mixing realism, fantasy, and information about elephants, the author presents well-rounded, often mischievous human characters, and the unlikely focal setting of the zoo entices readers to fantasize about living there. Lex’s investigation reveals a puzzle that may contain answers about her past, and readers will eagerly accompany her as she works to crack it. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

Booklist - 04/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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