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A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk

by (author) Jan L. Coates

Publisher
Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2010
Category
General
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781552442906
    Publish Date
    Sep 2010
    List Price
    $12.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12

Description

When civil war strikes Jacob Deng's Southern Sudanese village, seven-year-old Jacob embarks on a seemingly endless journey that tests his courage and determination. His wise mama tells him that he must one day go to school to seek answers and help carve a better future for his people. Wadeng is a Dinka word meaning "look to the future, it will be better; follow your dreams", and it, along with his precious "Mama stone", becomes Jacob's talisman of hope, helping him remain strong on his seven-year search for a place of refuge.

Jacob and his young friends are confronted with war, starvation, dehydration, raging rivers, crocodile and lion attacks, and the evil Majok - the constant thorn in Jacob's side - as they struggle to survive on their own. As the boys work and grow together as a family, surviving in harsh conditions, against the odds, Jacob's boyhood desire to become a soldier wanes. Gradually, he comes to the realization that fighting doesn't improve anything and begins to embrace his mother's belief in education as the road to peace and stability. Inspired by the real life experiences of a Lost Boy of Sudan, this novel is about an extraordinary journey of courage, perseverance, and hope.

About the author

Jan L Coates started writing for young readers in 2000. She went to Acadia University and now works as a teacher as well as giving school writing workshops through the Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia. She is the author of several books for young readers including Rainbows in the Dark and the critically acclaimed A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk.
She lives with her family in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

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Awards

  • Joint winner, "Woozles' Battle of the Books" Title
  • Short-listed, Snow Willow Award
  • Runner-up, Ann Conner Brimer Award for Children’s Literature
  • Winner, Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • Short-listed, Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Text
  • Winner, Silver - Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • Joint winner, USBBY Outstanding International Books honor list
  • Short-listed, Snow Willow Award
  • Joint winner, USBBY Outstanding International Books honor list
  • Runner-up, Ann Conner Brimer Award for Children’s Literature
  • Winner, Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • Winner, Silver - Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • Short-listed, Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Text

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