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Publisher's Summary

It’s 1944. Elizabeth's father is fighting with the German army on the eastern front. Her mother works at Dresden zoo, where her favourite animal is a young elephant named Marlene. When the zoo director tells her the dangerous animals must be shot to prevent them running amok when the town is bombed, Elizabeth's mother moves Marlene into the back garden to save her….and then the bombs start to fall.
Their home destroyed, Elizabeth and her family must flee the bombed-out city and through the wintery landscape, all the while avoiding the Russian troops who are drawing ever closer. It would be hard enough, without an elephant in tow….
©2010 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Susan W. Miller on 05-17-17

Sweet story

This is a sweet story. A story of faith, hope and love. Good young adult book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-15-16


Our audience was ages 10, 13, and 69!! And we all loved it !! Good history lesson on war without gore. Interesting perspective on everyday life during war time. And what a great storyline with Marlena.

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5 out of 5 stars
By CMoon on 12-25-12


A beautiful book for young and old. A family saves an elephant and themselves during world war 2. A coming of age.

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4 out of 5 stars
By KM on 09-08-16


Would you listen to An Elephant in the Garden again? Why?

I wouldn't listen to it again - but I think my children would. We listened to it on a long car journey & it was engaging & exciting.

What did you like best about this story?

Hearing about WW2 from the side of German civilians - prompted some interesting family discussions.

Have you listened to any of Fiona Clarke’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't heard anything else she's narrated.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The incredible story of an Elephant in war torn Germany!

Any additional comments?

A great story for children & adults!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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