by Roland Smith
Accelerated Reader: Level: 5.0. Pts. 10.
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In 1941, bombs drop from the night skies of London, demolishing the apartment
Nick Freestone lives in with his mother. Deciding the situation in England is too unstable,
Nick's mother sends him to live with his father in Burma, hoping he will be safer
living on the family's teak plantation. But as soon as Nick arrives, trouble
erupts in this remote Burmese elephant village. Japanese soldiers invade, and Nick's
father is taken prisoner. Nick is stranded on the plantation,
forced to work as a servant to the new rulers.
As life in the village grows more dangerous for Nick and his young friend, Mya,
they plan their daring escape. Setting off on elephant back, they will risk their
lives to save Nick's father and Mya's brother from a Japanese POW camp. In this
thrilling journey through the jungles of Burma, Roland Smith explores the far-reaching
effects of World War II, while introducing readers to the fascinating world of wild
timber elephants and their mahouts.