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“This is a young adult Novel about WWII and about a boy named Nick Freestone, who at the start of the book in 1941, is living with his mother and her Husband in London. The apartement where they are living is hit one night by bombs and destroyed. His mother, decides the situation in England is...”see full review » see other reviews »
“May 11,2013-Pg0-20, The book has gotten off to a quick start with the main character who's name still alluded me has moved from the US to London during the time of WW2. He told stories about being in London during the bombing. He said that the Nazi's called it Blikzkgrieg, but many just refereed to the time as Blitz. I like when books jump right into the action and give you tons of detail, I look forward to reading this novel.
May/16/2013 pg 20-85. Nick has now gone from London to Burma where his father has a teak plantation. Nick was born here, and ever since he moved away from it he always wanted to return. When he arrives his father is not there to great him, it is a three day elephant ride to the plantation. Nick is alright with this and makes it home safely. I think that Nick is brave wanting to leave London and his mother and return to the plantation, but I think that it is the best thing he should do! The author really sets the mood, when Nick is on his way to the plantation by showing how brave and strong nick is! He makes everything seem very happy and easy going. ”
“Smith, Roland. Elephant Run. New York: Hyperion for Children, 2007. Print.
Summary: Nick Freestone is a 14 year old boy who is sent to live with his father in Burma. It was 1941 and London was being bombed by the Germans. His mother, who was now married to a British operative, felt that living on his father’s plantation would be safer for Nick than dodging the bombs in London. Unfortunately, no one understood the danger and Nick’s father didn’t have the time to notify Nick’s mother about the impending Japanese invasion and control of the plantation. He arrived in Burma, only to discover that his father had plans to get Nick to Australia, by way of India. While escaping, they are captured by the Japanese. Nick, has been a sheltered boy attending private school in England. Now he becomes the defender of his home and last hope for his father, who has been imprisoned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Will he be able to escape with his friend Mya? Will he be able to save his father and Mya’s brother? You will find out only if you join Nick’s adventures through the jungles of Burma. This is an informative and exciting historical novel that I recommend for both middle school boys and girls.
Ridiculously Simple Synopsis: Sheltered boy has to save his father during the Japanese invasion of Burma.
Curriculum Connection: http://wildgeeseguides.blogspot.com/2010/01/elephant-run.html
Reading Level: Middle School
Awards: 2009 ALA Best Books for Young Adults
Genre: historical novel
Nick Freestone: The protagonist of the novel. He is a English boy sent to live with his father in Burma.
Mya: A Burmese girl whose brother and father work for Nick’s father. She is just a few weeks younger than Nick.
Magwe: Magwe is an ambitious Burmese man who works for Nick’s father, but who helps the Japanese to take over the teak plantation.
Bukong: Magwe’s abusive brother who works for the Japanese.
Nagayoshi: The Japanese commander who takes over Nick’s father’s plantation.
Indaw: Mya's older brother
Mr. Singh: Nick’s father’s friend who is supposed to help them get to India
Jackson Freestone: Nick's father.
Bernard: Nick's stepfather.
Nang: Mya’s and Indaw’s father
Indaw: Mya’s brother.
Sonji: A Japanese soldier who is sympathetic to Nick and to his father.”
“This book was fast paced and very exciting, it's during a war which is cool and the book is hard to put down and you easily jump into the story.”alex sanders wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Elephant Run by Roland Smith, a great book abou the World War II. In 1941, during the World War II, bombs drop in England, London and Nick Freestone lives with his mother. His mother decides he should go live with his father in Burma since theres bombing everywhere in London. But as soon as Nick arrives, Japanesse soliders invade his village, and take Nick's father to be a salve. As things get worse, Nick and his friend Mya plan to escape this egregious village ruled by the Japanesse. Can he survive or wil he be stuck with the horrible village.”Panop P wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Elephant Run, is Very exciting in many places, and at the end can be heart wrenching. I loved this book very much ”Ben Ortstadt wrote this review Friday, April 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was AWESOME! The author put alot of work and thought into this book to make it right, SUCCESS!! This book is for the animal lovers and the history lovers. I read it for the love of both. Hope you read it, its good :) !”Matt Wesztergom wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a young adult Novel about WWII and about a boy named Nick Freestone, who at the start of the book in 1941, is living with his mother and her Husband in London. The apartement where they are living is hit one night by bombs and destroyed. His mother, decides the situation in England is too unstable, and sends Nick to live with his father in Burma, hoping he will be safer living on the family's teak plantation. Shortly after arriving, the Japanese invade Burma and the action begins. This writer, writes to any age and I found the story fascinating and adventurous.”alison d wrote this review Friday, March 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“pretty good; short read”Ellie wrote this review Wednesday, February 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Because their London apartment was bombed during WWII, Nick's mom sends him to live with his dad in Burma. His dad is the owner of a teak plantation worked by elephants. However, the war has reached Burma as well and neither Nick nor his father are safe. ”Mrs. Heres wrote this review Monday, February 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
My favorite character was Mya, becasue she was a bold and daring girl. She was a very important character in this book. She was an amazing mahout even though technically she wasn't allowed to be a mahout because she was a girl. i really liked her personality. I liked reading parts of the book from her perspective because she is awesome. She was a really good, and important character who played a huge role in this book.
This book was based on a teak plantation in Burma. It mainly took place in Burma, except for when Mya, Nick, and Nick's father left the plantation to go to Australia to get them away from the Japanesse who had taken over the plantation. If I could talk to the author about the setting of the book, I would ask him why he chose Burma when he could have chose anywear else. I would also ask him why he chose Australia to send Mya, Nick, and Nick's father to. I think that both of those places were really good chocies for the setting of this book.
This book was told from a bunch of different perspectives. i really like how it goes from character to character and how they talk about how something happened to them. I liked how throughout the whole story it wasn't just one person telling it, it was all of the characters. I don't really like stories that just tell the story from one perspective, I like it when everybody tells it from their perspective. I really enjoyed reading the book, and I liked hearing how the other characters thought about the situation. It was a great book. ”