Monday, February 1, 2021

Bibliophile's Corner

The Elephant's Girl
by Celesta Rimington

Flap Copy Description:
An elephant never forgets...but Lexington Willow can't remember her past. When she was a toddler, a tornado swept her away from everyone and everything she knew and landed her near an enclosure in a Nebraska zoo, where an elephant named Nyah protected her from the storm. With no trace of her family, Lex grew up at the zoo with her foster father, Roger; her best friend, Fisher; and the wind whispering in her ear.
Now that she's twelve, Lex is finally old enough to help with the elephants. But during their first training session, Nyah sends her a telepathic message of the woods outside the zoo. Despite the wind's protests, Lex decides to investigate Nyah's message and gets wrapped up in an adventure involving ghosts, lost treasure, and a puzzle that might be the key to finding her family. Can Lex summon the courage to discover who she really is - and why the tornado brought her here all those years ago?

My Thoughts:
Celesta Rimington has crafted an intriguing middle grade novel using magical realism - with a wonderful result! For me, it was like a cross between The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, and Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo; needless to say, it's a fantastic and entertaining novel. Not only does it have a unique storyline, it includes a great cast of characters. In addition to Lexington Willow, her friend Fisher, and her foster father Roger, are important roles that make this story not only an adventure and mystery, but a tale of friendship and family. I highly recommend The Elephant's Girl to readers aged eight and up!

Click here to learn about the author, Celesta Rimington.