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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374312370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374312374
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 “…an affecting animal story and a well-paced adventure.”--School Library Journal

"First novelist Kelly crafts a layered, convincing tale of interspecies friendship between individuals who care for each other within the confines of enslavement.”--Horn Book

“A heartfelt…addition to the literature promoting better treatment of our fellow animals.”--Kirkus

"Lynne Kelly has written a story that unwraps the heart and asks it to be brave, loyal, and above all, kind.  Readers of all ages will worry for Hastin as he marks the wall that records his bondage to a cruel master, but they will ultimately celebrate his jubilant triumph.  This story unwrapped my own heart." –Kathi Appelt, author of the Newbery Honor and New York Times bestseller The Underneath

 

About the Author

Lynne Kelly is a sign language interpreter and a writer. Chained is her first novel. She lives in Houston, Texas.

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Lynne Kelly grew up in Houston, lived in a couple of much colder places, then returned to the Houston area, where she works as a sign language interpreter and writes novels for children and young adults. CHAINED is her first novel.

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An emotionally charged middle grade book that readers of all ages will learn from.
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A beautiful job showing the connected hearts of animals and humans, as well as how we can take control of our lives, even in horrible circumstances.
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And just to warn you, after you read this book, you are going to want to go out and hug an elephant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vonna on May 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I was ten, I would have read this book a thousand times, hugged it, bawled over it and slept with it under my pillow. With her unforgettable characters, vivid world building and tense plot, Lynne Kelly has created a new classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joanne on May 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Like a WATER FOR ELEPHANTS for a younger crowd, this book dragged me through an emotional wringer as I read about an elephant and her young keeper at a circus in India. I loved Hastin from the beginning - he is a brave, loyal and strong boy, well beyond his ten years, but he shares the spotlight with an equally brave, loyal and strong elephant, Nandita. To say I loved this book doesn't really do justice to how it made me feel, but throughout I laughed and cried and had my heart broken several times by this boy and his elephant and the situations they faced. But the ending was as it needed to be: bittersweet, but satisfying and enough to mend my torn up heart.

A beautiful book that I think anyone will love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Sabatini on May 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you love Linda Sue Park, then you should grab CHAINED with both hands, as soon as it hits the shelves. First and foremost, I loved 10-year-old Hastin. As a mom, I can only hope to raise boys who embody all that this young man stands for. He is compassionate, never looses his ability to love and finds strength beyond his years when he needs it the most. I can't wait to own a copy of CHAINED to share with my own boys.

Hastin isn't the only character that moved me. This is a story of a beautiful friendship between a boy and an elephant. Nandita stole my heart with her playful, sensitive personality. This elephant and young boy have an amazing connection and their relationship will have a lasting impact on me. It doesn't matter if Kelly is writing about gentle giants, adults who have made mistakes, people left without choices or boys who rise to their own occasion, she has a talent for making the characters feel real and for making readers feel.

And just to warn you, after you read this book, you are going to want to go out and hug an elephant. Get in line.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sue Morris from Kid Lit Reviews on June 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Meet Chanda. She is the catalyst for today's review of Chained, a smart, well-written, and engrossing novel by Lynne Kelly. Chanda is a young girl bitten by fever mosquitoes and now carries a dangerously high temperature. She needs medical help now. With the help of a neighbor, Amma, her mother, takes Chanda to the hospital in the city. Left behind to care for things at home is Chanda's older brother, Hastin.

Thus begins an engaging story of one young boy's quest to help the three women in his life, though he has yet to meet the third. Chanda's care will cost the family 4000-rupee they do not have. Without her husband to help, Amma barters her services as a house cleaner in exchange for the needed money. Hastin does not like the accommodations Amma resides in during her one-year stay and is determined to find a job and send Amma home. Finding a job is no easy task when you are a young boy of ten, with little skills.

Enter Timir, a once prosperous circus owner who is determined to return to his former glory. He needs an elephant keeper. Hastin needs a job. Timir will graciously talk to the rich man and pay off Amma's debt, and add a salary Hastin will collect at the end of his one-year stint as the elephant keeper. There is a catch. Timir does not own an elephant. He expects Hastin to help trap one in the jungle. Chup! No one should know this, he tells Hastin. Timir promises this job is more adventure than work. Hastin has never seen the jungle, having lived all his life is the dessert.

Two other characters are essential in this story. One is Sharad, the elephant trainer who trained under one of the best elephant trainers, but has forgotten most of what he learned. The other is the circus cook, Ne Min, an older man with much elephant experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nolen on November 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A well-written middle-grade novel about a boy who become an indentured servant to pay his sister's medical debts. He is sent to work at a circus in the woods in India. First, he must help trap a baby elephant. He is reluctant to help because he watches the elephants every day and has become attached to them. The circus owner is a cruel, deceitful man. He illegally traps the elephant and then charges Hastin more days for being slow, for dropping things, for making mistakes. Soon Hastin's days as servant turn into months and still the circus owner makes him feel like he owes him more days.

Hastin passes most days helping the Burmese cook with cleaning and cooking, repairing fences and caring for the baby elephant that has been captured. The elephant and boy are treated harshly.

The chapters are elegantly crafted with true elephant facts, Indian culture, and the different languages and cultures that abound in India. This little gem of a novel will endure the passage of time because nothing about it is dated. These practices take place in India today, and if not India, somewhere in the world man will always oppress man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Vives on March 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I just read this book to my 2nd and 3rd grade daughters. I actually found it by accident while searching our library shelves for another book; so glad I decided to pick it up! From the first chapter 'we' were hooked. My girls would start asking me every evening around 6:30, "Are you going to read 'Chained' to us tonight?" My 3rd grader may have been okay reading it by herself, but reading it together was a treat for all of us and we were able to periodically stop and discuss the characters, plot and make predictions. I can't say enough about the richness of this novel. It was also VERY refreshing to read a story to the girls about a country - and culture - that is foreign to them. I highly recommend this book.
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