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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442167653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442167650
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,051,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As I went along for the ride my fingers were crossed that things would go well.
A. Mitchell
This is a beautifully written book, sensitive as well as thrilling, with well-developed characters that bring history to life.
Achdulieber Augustin
I thoroughly enjoyed Hannibal's Elephant Girl and highly recommend it for young boys and girls alike.
Gaby at Starting Fresh blog

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tatta Reid on July 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful adventure story for young adults, but I found it very enjoyable and I think middle school children will love it too.

Twelve-year-old Liada is pulled from the river by one of Hannibal's elephants. All she remembers is being ill with a fever and then two men throwing her from a bridge. Yzebel, a camp follower, takes the girl in and puts her to work serving food to the soldiers who come to Yzebel's tables. While running errands, Liada meets Tin Tin Ban Sunia, a slave girl. Even though they have trouble communicating, the two girls become friends and help each other out of trouble.

Hannibal is only seventeen at this time and his father has just placed him in charge of the elephant training camp. His orders are to prepare 60 elephants for battle and transport them from Carthage to Spain. As the story progresses, he has to find a way to prove his authority over the four thousand soldiers and workers of the camp. His opportunity comes about by way of Liada.
Liada and Tin Tin Ban Sunia are banned from Elephant Row after Liada causes an uproar with the elephants, but they slip away at night to visit Obolus, the elephant who saved Liada's life, and also to see Calogo, the thirteen-year-old water boy who likes Tin Tin. The two girls also go to the battle training field where they get into even more trouble.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 21, 2009
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"Hannibal's Elephant Girl" is a historically based tale of Liada, a girl of twelve years who lived in 229 BCE in the time of Hannibal between the first and second Punic Wars. Liada is saved from drowning by Obolus, one of the elephants 17-year-old Hannibal is training to prepare for battle in Iberia. The tale unfolds in action-packed scenes filled with detailed adventures. Designed to appeal to young adults. "Hannibal's Elephant Girl" will also attract the interest of middle school age and adult readers. Just enough romantic interest and prolonged suspense color the fast turning pages of this gripping story. At a length of 367 pages, it is a fine "bridge" experience novel to entice young readers to read more. "Hannibal's Elephant Girl" is highly recommended for historical detail attention as well. It brings history to full life.
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Liada was only 12 years old when she was thrown into the river and left for dead. At about the time she has resigned herself to this fate a large "snake" pulls her from the river and saves her life. This "snake" was the trunk of Obolus, an elephant in Hannibal's army. Liada finds herself in the middle of an army camp with no memory of her past, including her actual name.

She settles in with Yzebel, a widow who feeds the soldiers nightly, and her young son Jabnet. Liada quickly develops relationships with the other camp dwellers as well -some good and some bad. She also finds herself drawn to Obolus, and he to her. This novel tells of Liada's time in the camp, her relationships with people and animal, and her struggle to remember her past.

Liada and Obolus have a relationship that seems magical to some and almost evil to others. Her ability to control the large beast makes her several enemies. But, this relationship proves to be so strong that no one can deny it. Many of Liada's adventures actually stem from her attempts to sneak time with Obolus.

The characters in this novel are well-developed. Liada is a quick learner and often times remembers details that she has no recollection of every learning or knowing. People are drawn to her, and she develops relationships quickly. She comes across with a touch of class and an over sized heart. Yzebel, her camp mother, is well liked and is a resourceful woman. She struggles with her family's past and current situation, but remains open to those around her. Tin Tin Ban Sunia has little to no voice, but says more with her actions than many around her. She is highly intelligent and loving. I found myself longing to know her story.

This novel drew me in from the first sentence and didn't let me go.
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Liada is young--about twelve summers in age--and very brave. When she finds herself lost in the rushing waters that threaten to tear her apart, Obolus saves her life by drawing her out of the water and taking her to dry land. As if being pummeled by tumultuous waters and then pulled out by a giant creature wasn't enough, Liada finds herself in a place completely foreign to her and she is unable to remember anything from her past.

Yzebel, a camp follower, takes Liada in and nurses her before putting her to work serving food to the soldiers who come to her tables. It is on one of her errands to trade for food that Liada meets Tin Tin Ban Sunia, a slave girl who is a year or two her junior. Even though Liada and Tin Tin have a difficult time communicating, they become great friends.

I'm not sure what I expected to find when I opened this book, but I know it wasn't the enthralling, adventurous, touching read that I soon found myself being sucked in to. This book stirred up so many emotions within me and piqued my curiosity with each page. The book starts fast, with Liada finding herself in rushing waters and, well, I was sold from there! When books start off with this much excitement, I often have my doubts as to whether or not the story could maintain that sort of excitement throughout. Hannibal's Elephant Girl keeps a nice pace--with moments where I caught myself biting my nails (a habit I normally don't succumb to) and desperate to find out how the story would play out. Liada is such a great heroine who, even in her young age, thinks for herself, and fights for what is right no matter what.

This book is very well written and stays true to the time and place in which the story is set.
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