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The elephant girl / James Patterson & Ellen Banda-Aaku with Sophia Krevoy.


"James Patterson and award-winning Zambian writer Ellen Banda-Aaku deliver an unforgettable survival story of a Maasai girl who faces down poachers to find a future among the elephants. Clever, sensitive Jama likes elephants better than people. While her classmates gossip - especially about the new boy, Leku - Jama takes refuge at the watering hole outside her village. There the twelve-year-old Maasai girl befriends a baby elephant she names Mbegu, Swahili for seed. When Mbegu's mother, frightened by poachers, stampedes, Jama and Mgebu are blamed for two deaths-one elephant and one human. Now Leku, whose mysterious and imposing father is head ranger at the conservancy, may be their only lifeline. Loosely inspired by true events, The Elephant Girl is a moving exploration of the bonds between creatures and the power of belonging"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316316927
  • ISBN: 031631692X
  • Physical Description: 261 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Jimmy Patterson Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2022.

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
Ages 10-14 Little, Brown Young Readers.
Grades 7-9 Little, Brown Young Readers.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 6 517501.
Subject: Maasai (African people) > Juvenile fiction.
Human-animal relationships > Juvenile fiction.
Elephants > Juvenile fiction.
Poaching > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Fiction.

Available copies

  • 71 of 75 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Fontana Regional Library.


  • 0 current holds with 75 total copies.
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Jackson County Public Library J PATTERSON (Text) 39493109451536 Juvenile Fiction Available -
Marianna Black Library J PATTERSON (Text) 39493109032153 Juvenile Fiction Available -