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Chained Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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This is a feel good story. You find yourself rooting for them through the whole story saying "Just go, just go......". The characters are all very strong and well written. Read morePublished 4 months ago by 224perweek
A wonderful book about courage, kindness and not giving up. I picked up this book at 10am and finished it by 10pm. Read morePublished 14 months ago by ShropshireSam
Loved this book. It was so good I just could't put it down and in some parts I almost cried. So good!Published 17 months ago by ShashankOnAmazon
What an amazing debut novel! Chained is a gripping, heart-wrenching story. My student hurt for Hastin and then cheered for him and the elephant as they triumphed over great... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Tere Hager
The relationship between boy and elephant was remarkable. I could feel the connection.
Sadly even today many elephants are trained using an elephant hook.
Best book I ever read. Recommended to any age group. Word was the same generated world on the end of a wimpy kidPublished 24 months ago by Tony
This book is wonderful because it brought me to wow. I love this book I would give it 2 thumbs up. :-)Published on August 25, 2014 by Dave
Chained leaves the reader satisfied with the Walt Disney ending. My kind of book with a heart felt bond between a young boy trying to protect his mother and sister as he travels to... Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by Sherry