Elephant Run

Elephant Run

by Roland Smith

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ISBN-13: 9781423104018
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 123,216
Product dimensions: 4.70(w) x 7.58(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 10 - 11 Years

About the Author

Roland Smith is the author of Zach's Lie, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers; Cryptid Hunters; Thunder Cave; Jaguar; The Last Lobo; and Sasquatch. He lives outside of Portland, Oregon, with his wife Marie, who also writes children's books.

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Elephant Run 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elephant Run By Roland Smith Do you like adventure? If you do you should read Elephant Run. POW!!!! Have you been in a house that got bombed? Well Nick has been. It's 1941 and World War 2 is happening. Nick goes to live with his dad in Burma. His dad is a mahout, an elephant trainer. Read this book to know if Nick is safe from the Japanese enemies. I like this book because it tells you how hard it was when the Japanese enemies ruined Nick's life. I recommend this book to 4th graders, 5th graders and 6th graders. There are some bad words so if that bothers you then don't read it. Reviewed by Ismael Rashid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elephant Run written by Roland Smith is a great book and I really recommend it. Although the title is a little silly do not underestimate it. Once the bombs start dropping in London Nick’s mom finds it safer for him to live with his father in Burma at his timber elephant plantation and they were wrong. Once the Japanese invade basically all of Asia with their slogan “Asia for Asians” some of the native Burmese decide they want the plantation for themselves so most of them side with the Japanese. Escaping is Nick Freestone and his father’s number one priority with his newly found friend Mya. They then must go on a series of adventures together. I really recommend this book there are never parts when you get bored and just want to skip a chapter. This is a great book and you should really  read it.
bookbest More than 1 year ago
This book was thrilling it had many cilff hangers and that made me keep on reading it !! When you start you cant stop. It had a mix of happy spots to sad spots but that is what made it great.This book is great for parnets and childern it tells you about how bad things can get but how those bad things become great. I think of all of this and im not even 14 yet.
GerardButlerLover More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book full of suspense and edge of your seat action! last 100 pages I couldnt put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This in the BEST book I have EVER READ! You have to read this book or even buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book by far beats most books I have ever read by far. I love his books and his book, Cryptid Hunters, got me into Cryptozoology now I want to be a cryptozoologist when I grow up. Elephant Run was the perfect book for me because I like action and thrill. I may have said this about other books but this one I don`t highly recommend it you need to read it.
ewyatt on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Nick is sent by his mother from London to stay with his father in Burma during WWII. Once Nick gets to the plantation where elephants are trained to help farm the timber, the Japanese invade the country. Nick's dad is taken to a prison camp. Nick and Mya are kept as prisoners at Hawk's Nest. They plot their escape with lots of help from Mya's great-grandfather, respected monk Hilltop. They are desperate to get out of the country, but first they must try to free Nick's dad and Mya's brother from prison work camps. This was an action filled story from the jungles of Burma that kept me turning pages to see if the group of very likable and strong-willed characters would ever be free of the war and danger that surrounds them throughout the book.
meggyweg on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This was a beautifully structured, perfectly plotted adventure novel. The suspense kept me reading hungrily until the end. I was very favorably impressed. I also like how Smith didn't succumb to the obvious temptation to demonize any of the ethnic groups in the story -- the Burmese, the Europeans and the Japanese. The characters were just people, with the good, middling and bad equally represented.
librariankristin on LibraryThing 7 months ago
In 1941 Burma, Nick becomes a prisoner of the Japanese on his father's teak plantation. Readers will enjoy this fast-paced adventure,a nd will also learn about wild timber elephants, their mahouts, and the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.
elizardkwik on LibraryThing 7 months ago
History, travel, adventure...what more could you ask for? While not exactly a "fun" book, this was a well-written page turner, consistent with Smith's other books. I would recommend it to fans of war stories or animal stories.
Meerkat4 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I would have to say that the writing in the book is very good, it really links simple young adult reading with more refined style. I think this a solid transitional book for those wanting to maybe start "upgrading" their reading level. Roland Smith is not A. Dumas, but it was effective and well told, which is appreciated. As for the book itself, the story of Nick and his incredible story of running from the Germans just to get the Japanese was, in lack of better terms, fun! This kid just couldn't stay out of trouble! I would like to point out that it gives a great approach to the War, in that it was neither Euro-centric nor Anti Euro-centric in its historical approach. It did a great job at bridging world history without being bias to one or the other. Great book, i would recommend it.
sports-star on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I loved this book! it is about a boy named nick who goes and visits his dads elephant plantation. The plantation gets captured by the japaneze during ww2. Nicks father is captured and a girl named mya escapes with nick and a relitive named hilltop. They go on a long journey to save nicks father and myas brother, who was also captured. Everyone wants to get to safty but also to save the plantation. they have to make dangerous decitions to undergo this plan. I love this book!!!!!
cocacola11 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Elephant run is a good book,but it drags on in the beginning. I thought it got much better towards the end of the book. It is about a kid named Nick who has to go live with his father because his apartment was bombed by the germans. His father lives on a plantation in Burma.He'll find out things aren't much different in Burma.
Caitlyn24 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
At first I thought I was'nt going to like the book but after the first couple of chapters I ended up loved it.so I would recomend you read this book.
nibo143 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
its good so far lots of just interesting details
jso18 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book is filled with a lot of danger and action. There is a kid named Nick is sent to live with his dad in Burma. This is so that Nick can be away from all the bombing in London. When he is in a couple of days in Burma, Burma gets attacked by the Japanese. Nick's dad was going to send Nick to a friend in Australia. Nick found a secret passage inside all the fireplaces. Soon he found out that his grandfather put in the secret passages to keep an eye on his guests or visitors. In conclusion I liked this book and I think that you should read it.
ctmserst on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Elephant Run by Roland Smith is definitely a five star novel. Roland Smith wrote another great book. I personally think it isn¿t as good as Peak, but its one of his best. Why I think this novel deserves a five star rating because how much alike it is to Peak. Well it¿s not exactly alike. Peak takes place in Mt. Everest and Elephant Run Takes place in Burma. What is similar is that Peak and Nick have been away from there fathers for along time. When they finally see there father they are going through a rough time. 1941, bombs where dropped on London. Nick Freestone and his mothers apartment was demolished from the horrible bombing. His mother finally decided to send Nick to his father in Burma. As soon as Nick got to the teak plantation in Burma trouble started. The Japanese took over the Freestone plantation and are starting to take over Burma. Nick was kept as a slave/servant and Nick¿s dad was sent to a labor camp.Elephant Run is a very good adventure novel. I personally think it¿s a mystery/adventure novel. Roland wrote this book with very effected details. He described what Nick looked like after a couple of weeks. He looked like a Burmese man. Roland Smith you wrote another great book.-Erich
PeaceLoveTigers on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I really like it when the japinases attack because thats when the action starts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elephant Run is a realistic fiction novel by Ronald Smith. The novel follows the life of Nicholas Freestone a fourteen year old boy who lives in London, England during World War Two. In order to escape the London Blitz Nicholas’s mom sends him to Burma to live with his father who lives on an elephant plantation. Very shortly after Nick arrives on the plantation the Japanese take over Burma. After the Japanese moved everyone off the plantations Nick along with Mya and Hilltop are taken by the Japanese to be their servants. Now Nick, Mya, and Hilltop must escape the Japanese before their time is up. I find that the author did accomplish their purpose of this book by having a true setting of what Burma was like, the true stakes and horror the characters experience when the Japanese took over, and having well developed characters and plot that will keep people reading. I recommend this novel for anyone who loves action and adventure with a dramatic story to it. I give this novel five out of five stars because to having a well thought out plot with action and characters that we can understand.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
It is 1941, and fourteen year old Nicholas Gillis Freestone, known as Nick, lives in London, England, with his mother who works at the American Embassy. His stepfather, Bernard Culpepper, is an Army intelligence officer who is off on a secret mission. When Nick was five, his mother divorced his father, Jackson Theodore Freestone the Third, a teak plantation owner in Burma, returned to the States with Nick, and remarried. But now that bombs are dropping from the night skies of London and demolish their apartment, Nick’s mother sends him to live with his father at Hawk’s Nest, hoping that he will be safer on the Burmese plantation. There he meets his dad’s foreman, Nang, Nang’s son and daughter, Indaw and Mya, the Buddhist monk known as Taung Baw or “Hilltop,” and the plantation’s mahouts. However, as soon as Nick arrives, trouble erupts in the remote jungle of Burma as Japanese soldiers invade. Nick’s father and Indaw are taken away as prisoners to engage in forced labor. Nick and Mya are left stranded on the plantation, forced to work as servants to the new Japanese rulers. As life at Hawk’s Nest grows more dangerous for the two young people, they plan their daring escape. Can they survive? Will they make it out or will they get caught? And what can they do about Nick’s father and Mya’s brother in a Japanese POW camp? Some readers might want to know that there are a few references to smoking cheroots. Of course, given the geographical setting, mention is made of Buddha, Buddhism, and Buddhist monks. And since this is a book about war, naturally some deaths and even one beheading take place. On a few occasions it is said that someone, including Nick, “swore,” although no actual swear words are found, except that the “d” word is used once and someone says “My God” as an exclamation. Also, some childish slang terms occur. Because of the descriptive nature of the violence, this book by author Roland Smith, who also wrote Zach’s Lie, is probably not a good story for younger children. The usual age range given is from 10 to 12 (middle school students), but I would say that it is more for ages 12 and up. Most teens should have no problem with it. However, from a positive standpoint Elephant Run not only explores the far-reaching effects of World War II, especially the less frequently discussed war in Asia, but also provides a good deal of information about Burma (now Myanmar) and introduces readers to the fascinating world of wild timber elephants and their mahouts. It is an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults that will appeal to lovers of exciting, historical adventure novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
     Elephant Run by Roland Smith is thrilling journey from London, England to the jungles of Burma. The book takes place in World War 2. The book starts off strong when bombs drop from the night sky and destroys Nick freestone’s and his mother’s apartment. This scared Nick’s mom so much that she sent Nick away to love with his dad in Burma.      Once Nick arrives, Japanese soldiers invade the Burmese elephant village. Now this has changed Nick’s life because now his father was taken in as a prisoner and he is also forced to work as a servant to the Japanese.  During this time, Nick meets a friend named Mya and they plan out a way to escape. They set off on an elephants back to try and save Nick’s father and Mya’s brother from the POW camp. With help from sergeant Sonji’s help Nick and Mya are able to set Indaw, Mya’s brother and Nick’s father free. Then on the way to Australia they are all recaptured by the Japanese soldiers. Just before they are all about to be executed a Hannibal attacks the Japanese soldiers.      This story has many ups and downs for Nick. The book made me imagine on how war would have been like. It is scary to think about it. I felt like I was in that dangerous jungle with Nick. It felt like I was witnessing the book in real life. This book is a very good book and you should read it.       -Bradley Brown 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the book Elephant Run by Roland Smith, the main character Nick Freestone has to go live with his dad on a teak plantation in Burma because of the bombing that is taking place in London. While on the plantation, he meets a Burmese girl Mya and they become good friends. Just a few days after Nick’s arrival, Japanese forces take over the plantation and put Nick’s father and Mya’s older brother Indaw in a Prisoner of War camp. The Japanese also execute Mya’s father to show that they are in charge. Nick stays on the plantation because Nick’s father made a deal with Colonel Nagayoshi that if Nick stayed on the plantation, the Colonel would send him to India where he would be safe. Colonel Nagayoshi does not send Nick to India, instead he has him stay on the plantation for ten long months and work in the Colonel’s garden. Nick is regularly beaten by Bukong who gained power when the Japanese came on the plantation. After ten long months Nick and Mya along with Mya’s great-grandfather, Hilltop, come up with a way to escape the plantation and rescue Nick’s father and Mya’s brother. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars because it has a lot of action and plot twist that keeps you turning the page. I would recommend this book because it is fun to read and contain a lot of action
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for school. I want into it thinking that it would be terrible(Like most school choices). Even after all that I loved the book and couldnt put it down. Readers of all ages will enjoy this book!
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