Papa Tembo by Eric Campbell

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For half a lifetime the poacher and the elephant have been enemies--since the shattering day when the man massacred the young animal's herd, and paid for his crime with his own blood. Now the poacher is about to wreak his revenge at last; he'll slaughter the mighty elephant that maimed him. As man and beast move toward a final, terrible encounter, only one person can prevent a tragedy: the young girl who loves the elephant more than her own life.

About Eric Campbell

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Erik Campbell lives in Papua, Indonesia, working as a technical writer for an American mining company. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous prestigious literary magazines, including The Iowa Review, Tin House, The Massachusetts Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Nimrod, New Delta Review, and Rattle. He has been nominated for a 2005 Pushcart Prize in poetry.
Published September 1, 1998 by Harcourt Children's Books. 288 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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They all come together in the smoke-filled climax in which Papa Tembo crushes the slobbering, gun-waving van der Wel into a pulp, then calmly allows the other humans to help the captured elephants escape.

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The memory of the massacre of Papa Tembo's herd nearly 50 years ago haunts ""the father of elephants,"" as well as 70-year-old Laurens van der Wel, the poacher whom Papa Tembo nearly trampled during his narrow escape.

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