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“The elephant lifted her trunk and began trumpeting at the sea, tossing her head as if something out there terrified her. She swung around, and before the mahout could stop her, she was running towards the trees…”

The trip to Indonesia seems like a dream come true to Will – until the elephant he is riding on the beach starts acting strangely. And then the tsunami crashes in… Saved by an elephant’s instincts, lost deep in the jungle and torn away from everything he loves, now Will must find deliverance in an unusual friendship. As sweeping as Kaspar, as gripping as Born to Run, and as moving as Adolphus Tips, this is another epic masterpiece from one of our very greatest storytellers.

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Date published

May 27th, 2010

Lexile measure


Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.7; Middle years; 10.0 points



UK edition


Michael Morpurgo

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  1. diamondforever786
    on 19 February 2015

    Makes me feel Wild!

    5 out of 5
  2. TommieGirl1906
    on 27 February 2014

    This book was amazing to read. When I got home from buying it, I read for the longest period of time that I have ever read for!

    5 out of 5
  3. Smelly33
    on 16 July 2013

    Really sad at the start but i really love the book.

    5 out of 5
  4. Nashdasher
    on 9 March 2013

    This book is great I could not put it down it made you go though every emotion happiness sadness it all.

  5. ellie-melay27
    on 5 March 2013

    this book is purely amazing. i have read it over and over again and i can never seem to put it down. i love this book!

  6. evil-penguin
    on 4 March 2013

    I think tjis book is absolutely excellent, as it is adventorous, exciting, sometimes sad and of course at the end happy. This book is mainly about an elephant who are working together to survive in the midths of the tropical rainforest. I would give this book 3 and a half out of 5!

  7. imi264
    on 15 July 2012

    Even though this book took me a while to read I thoroughly enjoyed it! The best thing about it was that I didn’t know what to expect next!

    5 out of 5
  8. dashernasher
    on 4 March 2012

    This is lovely heart breaking book. I love it.

  9. hamy1710
    on 3 March 2012

    very moving

  10. mb122
    on 18 January 2012

    So far it’s really good!!

  11. liam80
    on 19 July 2011

    This is a really great book, but sad in some ways but i enjoyed it so i hope you enjoy it to thank you !!!