Elephant Run

Nick endures servitude, beatings, and after his British father s plantation in Burma is invaded by the Japanese in 1941, and when his father and others are taken prisoner and Nick is stranded with his friend Mya, they plan a daring escape on elephants, risking their lives to save Nick s father and Mya s brother from a Japanese prisoner of war camp.
Elephant Run Nick endures servitude beatings and after his British father s plantation in Burma is invaded by the Japanese in and when his father and others are taken prisoner and Nick is stranded with his

  • Title: Elephant Run
  • Author: Roland Smith
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. It's 1941 and World War II is literally at Nick's doorstep in London. In an effort to keep Nick safe, his mother sends him to live with his father on a teak plantation in Burma. Unfortunately, the Japanese army arrives just after Nick does, literally making him a prisoner in his own home. After ten brutal months, Nick decides it's time for an escape and to try to rescue his father, who is being held at a POW camp.This is such a different look at WWII. I am so used to just reading about the war f [...]

    2. This book is Elephant Run by Roland Smith. This book falls into the realistic fiction genre because there are events that have taken place before and events that can take place today. Which.Engages the reader more because they can connect to the events more. Nick is a 13 year old kid sent to live with his father in Burma because of bombers, and a dangerous living environment in London where he used to live with his mom. This is taking place in the 1940's period during World War 2. Nicks dad is a [...]

    3. To protect him from the bombing in London, fourteen year-old Nick is sent to live on his father's plantation in Burma a few days before the Japanese invade during World War II. As an adult reader, I enjoyed viewing WWII from the Japanese/Burmese angle and I thought this was the best crafted of the four Roland Smith novels I've read, but I'm not sure whether many of my sixth-grade students will enjoy this book. The plot is fairly complicated and dark. All in all, I probably will continue to recom [...]

    4. This is possibly one of the most disappointing books I have ever read. I feel like the book had a lot of potential but none of it was tapped into. I read this in 8th grade. I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of it considering the fact that its a young adult book but honestly I don't see anything that makes this book worth reading again. But where do I start. Well the first thing that comes to mind is the fact that it feels like the pacing in this book is just entirely off. When Nick gets to Burm [...]

    5. Elephant Run is one of the greatest non-fiction books I have ever read. Although I had some doubt in the beginning, the book really pulled through in the third or fourth chapter. Also I likes how the author really describes the characters. The book start off in London during World War 2 were a boy named Nick Freestone. Nick lives with his mom because of his parent’s divorce. After Nick’s apartment was bombed, his mother didn’t think that it was safe for him in London so she shipped him off [...]

    6. I liked this book. It took a while for the story to develop and for me to care about the characters, but once it did it was fine.There are so many books out there that kids read in school about WWII that take place on the Western Front. This was a nice change, and we may ask the LA dept. to switch one of their current titles with this one.We're looking for books that we could tie into our content area - so, any suggestions would be greatContent Area (7th grade) Includes:Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam [...]

    7. This book was great! Very action packed. Nick is a great fit for this book. His journey is very heart-felt and I just wanted to keep reading. This isn't usually my type of genre but I liked this story from the start.

    8. One of my favorite books! Love how Roland Smith writes! In every book of his, he has lots of action and different cultures or learning. I just love all the adventure!

    9. I loved this book. It was very exciting, and enjoyed most of it. The beginning was a little slow, but as you continue reading it gets better. I didn't understand the ending very much, but that may just be me. I would recommend this book to everyone who like elephants.

    10. I enjoyed the Burmese setting, cultural reference and brand new vocabulary. It was a true YA book, and really wonderful for historical fiction and WWII genres. I liked it!

    11. WWII and sent away from London to be safe from the Blitz and end up in the middle of the takeover of Burma by the Japanese.One young man must grow up and prove that he is his father's son, while a young burmanese girl, desires to prove that she is as good as her father is with the elephants.Thought of "Operation Dumbo Drop" and "Elephant in the Garden".

    12. Elephant Run, by Roland Smith, is a very interesting read during the time of World War II. Nick Freestone lived in London with his mother until the Germans bombed their apartment and Nick’s mother decided to send him off to Burma to live with his father on his plantation. When he arrives, he sees that there is a bit of an issue with the Japanese taking over Asia, due to their slogan “Asia for Asians”. When Nick sees his father, he confirms that there is an issue with Japan and that Nick ma [...]

    13. I know what you're thinking right now, "Elephant Run" is a weird title for a book. Well that's what I thought too about the title when I read it. But just to tell you, your minds going to change after reading this. The genre of this book is historical fiction since it takes place in 1941 and that it is not true. I think this a super interesting book with lots of action.This book takes place in two places, India & Japan. In 1941 Nick Freestone lives in London where bombs are landing everywher [...]

    14. Elephant Run caught my eye because of its ever changing setting from London to Burma and its time during World War II. I enjoy reading many war and historical fiction books but this one, just reading the summary on the back, it immediately got my attention. On the front page of the book, you'd think this book would be about elephants, and it is, just not the background of World War II affecting the story in such great ways.In my opinion, this book was amazing! It had me wanting to actually read [...]

    15. After the London apartment in which Nick Freestone lives with his mother and stepfather is bombed during World War II, Nick is sent to live with his father in Burma. Unfortunately, by the time he arrives at his father’s teak plantation, it is obvious that the Japanese are going to take over the country. Nick’s father is determined to get Nick out of the country and to safety in Australia, but before that can happen, the Japanese arrive and take everyone captive. Nick’s father is sent to a [...]

    16. The plot of this book is that there is this kid who lives with his mom and stepdad in London. Then the blitz happens and his mom and his biological dad decide that it is safer in Burma were his dad lives and runs a timber elephant thing. The elephants harvest special trees and then the people that live in Burma, they sell them. Nick (the main character) goes to live with his dad, and then the Japanese take over the little very little town. Its funny he moves from London to avoid the war and now [...]

    17. So I'm not sure if this will be a book for my kids to read. I thought it was okay, even interesting at times. Set in Burma during WWII I learned a lot about timber elephants, the Burmese culture and traditions as well as a little about Buddism. When the Japanese take control of the surrounding area things get ugly and several people are killed or tortured or put in POW camps. While not overly graphic, it wasn't pretty and I don't know where I stand on that yet. I want my kids to know that war is [...]

    18. The Blitz is raging, and Nick's mother sends him away from the dangers of London to the relative safety of his father's plantation in the midst of the Burmese jungle. Nick loves the plantation and has greatly missed it, his father and the elephants in the years that he lived with his mother and step-father. But Nick's stay in Burma is anything but peaceful. The war has followed him to southeast Asia; the Japanese are taking over the continent, and many of the Burmese workers on the plantation ar [...]

    19. historical fictionroland smith9/141pg~315pg This story is about the brave british boy named Nick Freeston. During world war 2, Nick had left the England and moved to Burma because the Germany kept bombing his town. He learned about manhouts(elephant breeders) and made a friend named Mya. He also became friend with Hilltop, a mysterious monk who can speak with elephant and is Mya's great grandfather. His father owned the place called Hawk's Nest and Nick lives with him. Even though Nick got knock [...]

    20. Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Roland SmithDate Started: June 18thDate ended: July 23rdLength: 318 pages Nick Freestone is living a life like no one else ever will. He first lived with his mother in London, but when their house gets bombed, his mom decides to send him to his dad’s plantation in Burma. Nick is excited to be with his dad, and is eager to learn more about elephants, but once he reaches Burma, trouble heads their way. The Japanese have come to Burma and have invaded his dad’s [...]

    21. Nick Freestone is living in London, a place at war with Japan. For this reason, Nick's mom and stepdad send him to his father's teak plantation in Burma. Even though Nick's visit to Burma was for safety, his safety alters into what could turn to danger for him and his father when the Japanese invade the teak plantation. When the Japanese invade the teak plantation, Nick is stuck working for the Japanese Colonel Nagoyoshi, while his father is working at a perilous labor camp. Using elaborate tunn [...]

    22. This book is fantastic! Though it is historical fiction, the story on its own is so compelling you forget that you are learning about Asia during WWII and find yourself rooting for Nick and Maya. I have very little background knowledge about Burma and elephants, so, it took me a couple of chapters to get used to the vocabulary. However, the author does a great job of explaining things without offending his readers because you (the reader) are learning right along with Nick. I highly reccomend th [...]

    23. Elephant Run was suggested for my son's bookclub - great choice. Roland Smith weaves a coming of age story into the exotic locale of a Burmese timber camp set during World War II. I'm really looking forward to hear which parts of this story appealed to which of the kids. For our part, my son and I had a chance to talk about how my grandfather served in the British Army in Burma during World War II.

    24. This book was really great. It was really gun to follow Nick around though the story. As he goes to having a friendly visit to his biological father,(his mom got remarried), to being captured by Japanese soldiers. It was really surprising when he was captured. After that so many events take place which leads to his escape and he fights to get his dad back, with the help of a monk and some other friends.

    25. This is the Roland Smith's best book! I absolutely loved this! It's action packed and also has some strange characters and plot twists. Nick Freestone lives with his mother in London, England during World War II. After a bomb hits his apartment building, his mom sends him to his divorced father in Burma. In Burma the teak plantation is taken over by the Japanese. Nick is held captive, and plans an escape with a girl that lives on the plantation.

    26. We read this in my teen book group at work. Those of us who read it enjoyed the story and especially the setting in Burma circa WWII. Good characterizations, especially the Monk, Hilltop, the Japanese sergeant, whose name I don't remember, and the elephant, Hannibal. The ending was a little too neat for my liking but didn't seem to bother the teens in my group.

    27. i think elephant run was one of the best books i have ever read. it is a great historical fiction book and is very etertainig every time i read it i can not stop. oh buy the way the way the book is nothing like the title sounds.

    28. This book was a great choice for looking at Historical Fiction. I loved the main characters, Nick and Mya. The way that the elephants were shown in the story was really interesting. I recommend this to any person looking for a interesting story.

    29. I am loving the characters in the book and find a lot of his ideas innovative and his writing engaging. During the reading, however, I frequently notice typos. That is always a little disappointing. But it's forgivable, even if it's inexcusable.

    30. I loved this book! One of my all time favorites now especially because of all the suspense and I love elephants. This book takes place when the Japanese were taking over Burma. The whole story is about the war and has some meaningful messages.

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