Chained by Lynne Kelly

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After ten-year-old Hastin's family borrows money to pay for his sister's hospital bill, he leaves his village in northern India to take a job as an elephant keeper and work off the debt. He thinks it will be an adventure, but he isn't prepared for the cruel circus owner. The crowds that come to the circus see a lively animal who plays soccer and balances on milk bottles, but Hastin sees Nandita, a sweet elephant and his best friend, who is chained when she's not performing and hurt with a hook until she learns tricks perfectly. Hastin protects Nandita as best as he can, knowing that the only way they will both survive is if he can find a way for them to escape.


About Lynne Kelly

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Lynne Kelly is a sign language interpreter and a writer. Chained is her first novel. She lives in Houston, Texas.
Published May 8, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 255 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books. Fiction

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With the guidance of kindly, old Burmese cook Ne Min, Hastin plots to save Nandita from Timir and his cruel elephant trainer, Sharad.

May 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Chained


(It would be great during a read aloud to see if readers get that inference.) Nandita, as Hastin names the young elephant they trap, is dependent on Hastin.

Dec 31 2012 | Read Full Review of Chained

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