The Magician's Elephant

Candlewick Press
Ages 9-12
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A classic tale by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo, America's beloved storyteller
-The New York Times Book Review
(Ages 8-13)

When a fortuneteller’s tent appears in the market square, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a remarkable chain of events. With atmospheric illustrations by Yoko Tanaka, here is a captivating tale that could only be narrated by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. In this timeless fable, she evokes the largest of themes -hope and belonging, desire and compassion- with the lightness of a magician’s touch.

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Publisher
Candlewick Press
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Published on
Sep 8, 2009
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9780763649418
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Elephants
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Orphans & Foster Homes
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Homelessness & Poverty
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