Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 4.4
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What if you were given an opportunity to get out of a very bad situation? Would you take it? Danny is an orphan that lives a very bad life. He has to steal to live, he is forced to do errands for a very bad man, and if he fails he is punished severely. When he happens upon an exotic animal auction, his life changes forever. He is hired by a very rich man to ride an elephant over 200 miles to win a bet. He is cleaned up, dressed up, and fed very well. Danny thinks he has it made, but the journey will be hard and the criminal life that he led will come back to haunt him. Danny doesn't know who he can trust and he quickly becomes best friends with the elephant, Maharajah. Will Danny safely make it from Edinburgh to Manchester and live to tell about it? Will he win the bet? Or will he be forced to go back to his old life?
This book is loosely based off of a true story in which the trip was fairly uneventful, however this book is full of action and suspense. Once you start reading this book you will not want to put it down, so be ready. This is a must read!!
I am a K-6 librarian who is also a book and author nerd.