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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.

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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: 5.7 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elephants! A 10-year-old boy, a younger sister, a mom, a stray dog, and the memory of a good father, who lost his life, too early. In an instant, it's all traded, for the noblest of reasons. Now life includes a cruel and greedy man, the kindest and most humble of men, a man who has lost his way, and the soon-to-be best friend a 10-year-old boy could ever have...in the form of an elephant. Follow along as these best friends learn from one another about love, loyalty, bravery, and doing what's right. If you've read The One and Only Ivan and loved it, don't wait another minute to read this book. And if you are an adult and have read Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, read Chained and Ivan. If you haven't read any of them, what are you waiting for? Three five-star book recommendations by a children's, young adult, and adult librarian--No Charge! Do keep the tissues nearby,in all cases! Magnificent!!!!!
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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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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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I loved this book so much, I read it twice! A sweet brother, a young elephant, a villain and India details make this fascinating and heart tugging. Life isn't always easy, but love abounds. Curl up in a chair and prepare to be charmed by this engaging book!
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I read this book with my 11 year old son who is a reluctant reader to say the least. While he will never admit to liking a book or reading, I think this book had a huge impact on him. He became extremely emotional at the ending, which really surprised me. I really enjoyed this story very much too. It just made me love elephants even more!
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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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