Lynne Kelly (FSG, May 8, 2012)(ages 8+). In this debut novel by Houstonian Lynne Kelly, ten-year-old Hastin takes a job with a circus owner in order to pay off his sister's hospital bill. His job -- to care for the baby elephant Nandita -- is made more difficult by the cruel elephant trainer and the circus owner. He contemplates running away with her, but where can a ten-year-old boy go to hide out with an elephant?
CHAINED offers a thought-provoking look at elephants and how how captive elephants are sometimes treated, as well as a compelling protagonist and poignant coming-of-age story.