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Sara Gruen…[a] charming novel for middle-grade readers…Harris touches on serious social issues (children living in dumps and mothers begging with infants), but ear tweaking and nose yanking are about as violent as it gets for the humans. The histories of the elephants at the sanctuary are horrifying, but are firmly in the past, with the elephants living happily in the present. This gentle approach makes for a wonderful and entirely age-appropriate introduction to both the plight of the Asian elephant and the good kind of mahout, set against a backdrop of pure adventure.
—The New York Times Book Review