The Warm Place by Nancy Farmer

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When Ruva, a young giraffe, is captured and sent to a zoo in San Francisco, she calls upon two rats, a street-smart chameleon, a runaway boy, and all the magical powers of the animal world to return to "the warm place" that is home.
 

About Nancy Farmer

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Nancy Farmer has written three Newbery Honor Books: "The Ear the Eye and the Arm; A Girl Named Disaster;" and "The House of the Scorpion, " which, in 2002, also won the National Book Award. Other books include "Do You Know Me, The Warm Place, " and three picture books for young children. She grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border, and now lives with her family in Menlo Park, California.
 
Published April 1, 1995 by Orchard Books (NY). 152 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The ending seems sudden--arriving at last in Africa, the friends set Ruva on the road toward home, then split up to find their own ``warm places,'' and, as in her other books, Farmer's distinctive voice and slightly skewed brand of comedy take some getting used to.

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In a starred review, PW described this fantasy/adventure about a giraffe snatched from her African home as ""laced with dry humors and memorable characters...

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She puts his training to work at the horrible Dante's Zoo outside San Francisco, learning to trust her instincts in finding her home (the ""Warm Place""), practicing giraffe magic (disappearing into the background) and, finally, escaping with the help of a smart-mouthed chameleon named Nelson and...

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