A Perfect Friend by Reynolds Price

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A Moving Fable For Readers Of All Ages -- From National Book Critics Circle Award-Winning Author Reynolds Price

Ben Barks loved elephants long before he'd seen one. He sometimes wondered how that love started....

It's been a whole year since Ben's mother died, and nothing has soothed his broken heart -- except thinking about elephants, those magnificent creatures his mother loved too. Imagining their awesome grace always calms him in a way that his sad father and closest friends never can. When a one-ring circus comes to Ben's small town, he discovers Sala, an elephant who survived a wicked trainer's abuses. And soon, their powerful bond becomes a miraculous healer -- and gives Ben renewed hope for the future.

About Reynolds Price

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Reynolds Price (1933-2011) was born in Macon, North Carolina. Educated at Duke University and, as a Rhodes Scholar, at Merton College, Oxford University, he taught at Duke beginning in 1958 and was the James B. Duke Professor of English at the time of his death. Price is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and his work has been translated into seventeen languages.
Published June 1, 2002 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 176 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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In this dreamy, allusive tale from a distinguished writer for adults, grief loses its clutches on a boy's heart thanks to time, loyal friends, and a healing encounter with a circus elephant.

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