ACHUKA Book of the Day Mon 6th Jan 2020
Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month January 2020
In selecting it as their first Children’s Book of the Month for 2020, Waterstones says of this book: “Introducing a heroine as loveable, feisty and roguish as Robin Hood, Sri Lankan-raised author Nizrana Farook’s debut is children’s fiction at its finest. On the run from the royal palace, jewel thief and rebel Chaya – along with an intrepid gang and a purloined elephant – is driven headlong into the depths of the jungle where she must face up to revolutionary forces, untold dangers and her own misdemeanours in a battle for survival. Pitching readers into the heart of a vibrantly evoked landscape that lives and breathes from the page, The Girl Who Stole an Elephant is an adventure full of heart and courage from a dazzling new voice.”
Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. Will stealing the queen’s jewels be the beginning or the end of everything for the intrepid gang?