Magician's Elephant

ISBN-10: 0763652989
ISBN-13: 9780763652982
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Description: Japanese edition of The Magician's Elephant. Ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene learns that his fate is tied to an elephant that has inexplicably fallen from the sky when a magician's trick goes terribly wrong, but the real mystery is how is  More...

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Book details

List price: $8.00
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 3/8/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Japanese edition of The Magician's Elephant. Ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene learns that his fate is tied to an elephant that has inexplicably fallen from the sky when a magician's trick goes terribly wrong, but the real mystery is how is he connected to that elephant! In Japanese. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.

Kate DiCamillo was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania on March 25, 1964. She is a Newbery Award-winning children's author. As a child, DiCamillo suffered from chronic pneumonia. At the age of five, DiCamillo along with her mother and brother, moved to the small-town of Clermont, Florida for the warmer climate due to her health. DiCamillo graduated from the University of Florida with a minor in English. At the age of thirty, she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and worked for a book warehouse on the children's floor. Working there for four and a half years, she fell in love with children's books and began writing. DiCamillo wrote the 2001 Newbery-honor book, Because of Winn-Dixie, which was a product of her homesickness for Florida and her desire to own a dog. In 2005, Because of Winn-Dixie was released as a film by 20th Century Fox. In 2004, DiCamillo won the Newbery Medal for her book, The Tale of Despereaux. This book was also made into a movie and released by Universal Pictures in December 2008. DiCamillo continues to write and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Peter stood in the small patch of light making its sullen way through the open flap of the tent. He let the fortuneteller take his hand. She examined it closely, moving her eyes back and forth and back and forth, as if there a whole host of very small words inscribed there, an entire book about Peter Augustus Duchene composed atop his palm.
"Huh," she said at last. She dropped his hand and squinted up at his face. "But, of course, you are just a boy."
"I am ten years old," said Peter. He took the hat from his head and stood as straight and tall as he was able. "And I am training to become a soldier, brave and true. But it does not matter how old I am. You took the florit, so now you must give me my answer."
"A soldier brave and true?" said the fortuneteller. She laughed and spat on the ground. "Very well, soldier brave and true, if you say it is so, then it is so. Ask me your question."
Peter felt a small stab of fear. What if after all this time he could not bear the truth? What if he did not really want to know?
"Speak," said the fortuneteller. "Ask."
"My parents," said Peter.
"That is your question?" said the fortuneteller. "They are dead."
Peter's hands trembled. "That is not my question," he said. "I know that already. You must tell me something that I do not know. You must tell me of another - you must tell me..."
The fortuneteller narrowed her eyes. "Ah," she said. "Her? Your sister? That is your question? Very well. She lives."
Peter's heart seized upon the words. She lives. She lives!
"No, please," said Peter. He closed his eyes. He concentrated. "If she lives, then I must find her, so my question is, how I do I make my way there, to where she is?"
He kept his eyes closed; he waited.
"The elephant," said the fortuneteller.
"What?" he said. He opened his eyes, certain that he had misunderstood.
"You must follow the elephant," said the fortuneteller, "she will lead you there."
From the Hardcover edition.

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