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Jan L Coates

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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A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk

A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk

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Say What You Mean

“It’s your dog, Jake,” Mom says, finally. “Your birthday. Your father always had hounds growing up. What do you think?”

Dad turned into “your father” when he took off. Maybe Mom figures a dog will fill the big empty “Dad” spot in the apartment.

Sandy stops howling, then woofs and shoves her big head up in under my armpit. I stare at her messed-up eyes. Her long, floppy ears feel like this old velvet rabbit I used to drag around. Bun-Bun. I left him in the library one day when I was five, but he was gone when we went back to look for him.

I squint at Sandy, then crouch down, blink about ten times and rub my eyes. Did she just give me the wink? And a smile?

I look away, then back. She does it again!

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