A Perfect Friend

A Perfect Friend


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It feels like yesterday that Ben's mother died — but it's really been a whole year. Still, he misses her so much the sadness keeps him awake at night. Lying in the dark, the only thing that helps Ben sleep is to think about elephants, those magnificent creatures that his mother loved too. Sooner or later, the thought of their awesome grace always calms him in a way that his sad father, and his two closest friends, never can.
Though Ben feels a particular connection to elephants, just as his mother did, he has only once seen a real one — at a circus when he was very young. So when word spreads of a small one-ring circus coming to town, Ben anxiously awaits its arrival. His anticipation is more than satisfied when he gets to meet Sala — whose name means "Sacred Tree" — the sole survivor of a group of four elephants poisoned by a wicked trainer. With his unusual ability to understand the thoughts of animals, Ben and Sala emerge from the depths of their grief to forge a bond that brings them both comfort and gives Ben renewed hope to face the future.
In his first book for young readers, distinguished author Reynolds Price weaves a powerful story that explores the inevitable and essential balance between joy and sorrow and the fine line between the things most exhilarating and frightening in life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689830297
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Reynolds Price (1933-2011) was born in Macon, North Carolina. Educated at Duke University and, as a Rhodes Scholar, at Merton College, Oxford University, he taught at Duke beginning in 1958 and was the James B. Duke Professor of English at the time of his death. His first short stories, and many later ones, are published in his Collected Stories. A Long and Happy Life was published in 1962 and won the William Faulkner Award for a best first novel. Kate Vaiden was published in 1986 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Good Priest's Son in 2005 was his fourteenth novel. Among his thirty-seven volumes are further collections of fiction, poetry, plays, essays, and translations. Price is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and his work has been translated into seventeen languages.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book at school for a book report in 8th grade and i love it. THE SUMMARY doesnt fit the book at al if i would give.a summary it wwould be - Ben and is father havee been torn to peices about the painful death if bens mother leaving him to belive nothing else is good in the woulrld expect for the gentle giants that we all know as elephants. BEN doesn't want to take in any good news because he is afraid it will turn out good news could bring sorrow. bens girl cousin robin has a tightbond with ben and trys to make him laugh. Dunckon , aka Dunk, Is one of bens friends too. Dunk has a tragic life back home with the beatings his father puts on him. But dunk has always been by bens side no matter what unfourtnely though dunk is always subtracted from theequation. A great story about relizing what you can overcome and looking around at the people that care for you that you treat like a peice of crap. LOVE THOSEE WHO LOVE YOU AND EVEN THE ONES THAT DONT
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never bother to write reviews, but this book is so touching, so lovely, I had to let people know. My 9 year old loved this story and so did I. This book tells Ben's story with such grace and sensitivity. Do not miss this story, it is one book that you will not want to lend for fear you won't get it back. Just a truly beautifully told tale for young or old.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it a chapter book or picture book? PLEASE ANSWER!!!!!!