A treasure is lost in a dark land. The only way to find it is to journey into the heart of darkness.
Caj of Lingala. Brave. Sharp. Curious. He is an elephant rider. His elephant is every bit as smart, and even more likely to get them into trouble. Amid the wild lands, Caj and his elephant Mjok must fend for themselves. The treasure they seek is surrounded by the Bone People. How can this group of misfits slip past the savages and take back the treasure? How strong is the bond between a boy and his elephant? Only friendship can overcome in the end. Or can it?
Elephantopia is the story of Caj, an earnest young boy who has a special bond with his mischievous elephant, Mjok. When Mjok releases three monkeys from their cages, Caj must recapture the monkeys or risk permanent banishment, and this sets off a chain of events that leads Caj and Mjok through many foreign lands and entangles them in a complex power struggle. Along the way, they meet strong-willed Chiku, who is brave with a tender heart. Together, Caj, Mjok, and Chiku face seemingly insurmountable challenges. Along the epic and spellbinding journey, Caj learns that riches come and go, but knowledge is forever. Author D. S. Arnauld has created memorable characters and seemlessly woven a tapestry of adventure and enlightenment that examines life's big questions. The story will appeal to young teens; the vocabulary will challenge and enrich younger readers, while keeping older teens engaged. Recommended reading level: 9 to 14 years.
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