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Elephant Ben

Geoffrey Malone

5 Reviews

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Fiction, Animal stories (Children's / Teenage)

A boy - and the might and tenderness of a wild elephant. Another dramatic story by the award-winning Geoffrey Malone.

Ben is in the bush with his game-warden father. They see a family of elephants in distress, led by Kubwa and her daughter, Temba. Having survived a crocodile attack, Temba's calf has fallen into swamp mud and is drowning. The elephants struggle to rescue him. Ben gathers his courage for a crawl over treacherous mud to attach straps while his father winches the elephant out. Temba learns the smell of these humans who helped, and the elephants move on.

But ivory poachers attack, kill Kubwa, cut off her tusks and depart. Temba is now leader: she gathers the others to perform funeral rites.

Ben and his father stumble into the poachers' camp and are taken prisoner. Only Ben's link with Temba can save them now ...

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Praise for Elephant Ben

  • An exciting and immensely enjoyable adventure story ... A great read for any young wildlife enthusiast. - The Northern Echo

  • compelling reading - The School Librarian

  • Review from a child judge of the Stockton Award: '... definitely the most brilliant book I ever read. It's a definite 10/10!' Frederick Nattrass, aged 9.

  • KIMBA: 'Malone continues to be one of the great specialists of the animal novel.' - West of France review paper

  • The style is attractive and immediate, and might get boys (as well as girls) from 8 upwards, reading for pleasure - The School Librarian

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Geoffrey Malone

Geoffrey Malone spent most of his childhood in Africa, where he managed to avoid any formal education until the age of eleven. After school in England, he joined the army for sixteen years, then worked and travelled in North America. He became a broadcaster and wrote his first book about his nearest neighbours, a family of beavers: 'Brunner'. He lives happily in London with his wife and their cocker spaniel, Harriett, and advises charities dedicated to the preservation of endangered species. He has won the Children's Book of the Year prize in the French 'Tam-Tam, j'aime lire' competition, and the 'Prix Enfant-Grandparent Europeen' for 'Torn Ear'. He was also recently shortlisted for the Stockton Award for 'Elephant Ben'.

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