How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant


‘Do you really think it will work?’

Kirsty nodded. She was surer than she had ever been before. ‘This is the only thing that will work.’ she said.

ISBN: 9780747599197 Author: Caldecott, Elen Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 5th January 2009 Imprint: Bloomsbury Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.92 (edition:22) Pages: 259 Readership: Ages 5-12 / Code: B Category: Subject:

Kirsty Jenkins adores the allotment her grandfather lovingly tends and, just before he dies, he asks Kirsty to look after it for him. But when horrible Mr Thomas from the council insists it must go to the next person on the waiting list, Kirsty is determined to find a way to keep her promise.

After pleading with Mr Thomas and demonstrating at the council offices, Kirsty and her half-siblings undertake their most daring plan of all: to ‘borrow’ the stuffed elephant from the museum that Mr Thomas loves so much, in a last-ditch attempt to gain his attention and understanding. Perhaps this risky ruse might also shake Kirsty’s dad from the quiet sadness he has fallen into ever since her grandfather died.

A warm, funny and moving novel about family relationships, dealing with bereavement, green beans and marrows.

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