Akimbo and the Elephants by Alexander McCall Smith

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Ten-year-old Akimbo lives on a game preserve in Africa. His father is the head ranger, and Akimbo is eager to help him whenever he can—even if it means getting into some pretty dangerous situations.

In Akimbo and the Elephants, ivory poachers are killing grown elephants for their tusks and leaving the calves to die. When the authorities fail to turn up new leads, Akimbo sets out to save the elephants by posing as a hunter himself.
 

About Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith has written more than 50 books, including the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries and The Sunday Philosophy Club. A professor of medical law at Edinburgh University, he was born in what is now Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana.LeUyen Pham has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Big Sister, Little Sister; Sing-Along Song; and Piggies in a Polka. She lives in San Francisco, California.
 
Published June 7, 1990 by Mammoth. 64 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Akimbo’s third adventure resembles his earlier experiences.

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Well before Smith became known for his deft, book club pleasing Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, he penned sweet stories of Akimbo, the intrepid, nature-loving African boy.

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The narrative at times errs on the side of melodrama (e.g., watching the fallen elephant's calf wait for its mother to get up, Akimbo "declared war on the poachers"), but Smith effectively builds suspense.

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to raise a lion cub in captivity and then release his friend Simba (Named not after the Lion King character but because Simba means "lion" in Swahili) into the wild.

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