Grades 5 & up
with a Science Fiction Twist
The Rule of Three
Camp X (series)
Sam and her father have lived on an elephant sanctuary since she was born, and Sam thinks of the elephants as better friends than most people. Her dad is starting to date someone, and Sam isn't sure how she feels about that. When a secret private investor offers to give them huge amounts of money, it seems like a relief - until they discover a secret that might mean they have to give up the elephants.
This book explores lots of topics that will interest the target age group - ethics, intelligent animals in captivity, a science fiction twist, and some exploration of identity and relationships. The story moves quickly, and the details about the elephant care are interesting and accessible to readers without any prior background on the subject. Sam is independent, capable, and imperfect, making her an engaging protagonist.
"Kids called me Elephant Girl when I started school. Back then, I liked it. After all, what could be more of a compliment than being compared to an elephant? But it wasn't a compliment anymore. To some people, I was no longer the girl with the elephants, but some freaky elephant-girl hybrid. I should have taken it as a compliment even if it wasn't intended that way, but I couldn't."
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