By R. P. Harris, Taeeun Yoo

Ten-year-old Tua—Thai for "peanut"—has every thing she wishes at domestic in Chiang Mai, Thailand, aside from something she's continuously sought after: a sister. available in the market sooner or later, Tua makes an unintended acquaintance—one with clever, loving eyes, awesome power, and a really curious trunk. And while Tua meets Pohn-Pohn, it truly is transparent this elephant wishes her aid. jointly, the bizarre crew units off on a awesome trip to flee from Pohn-Pohn's vile captors. From the bustling evening industry to the hallowed halls of a Buddhist temple and at last, to the sanctuary of an elephant shelter, this smart woman and her cherished spouse locate that correct below their noses is strictly what each one has been looking for: a chum.

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That hurt,” Nang acknowledged. “Of direction it harm, you superstitious clod. It used to be speculated to damage. How else do I hold self-discipline? Now come on, if you’re coming. I’ve bought a rating to settle with that brat. ” Anger unfold throughout Nak’s face like a bloodstain, and Nang took paces again. bankruptcy FIFTEEN The Concrete Island After glancing over her shoulder on the empty soi, Tua grew to become again to stand the bustling road forward. Motorbikes darted earlier like wasps, tuk-tuks trolled for fares, and purple songthaew vehicles pulled as much as the curbside, unloaded their passengers, and wolfed up new ones. automobiles and vehicles bullied one another, honking insults, gunning engines, and spewing exhaust. “We’ll need to stroll on the street, Pohn-Pohn,” Tua acknowledged. Pohn-Pohn raised her head and rolled again her eyes. the road roared at her like a waterfall. “Don’t worry,” Tua stated. “I’ll stroll at the outdoor and shield you from the autos. simply glance immediately forward and keep on with me. ” the instant they stepped into the road, the observers grew to become the saw. yet they didn’t cease site visitors loads as congest it, for each vehicle, van, bike, tuk-tuk, and songthaew veered of their path to get a greater examine the weird pair. They screeched, honked, skidded, and gawked, whereas Tua, strolling at the open air and cradling Pohn-Pohn’s trunk in her arm, stared directly forward. As Pohn-Pohn lumbered earlier, each parked motor vehicle cried out an alarm until eventually the complete block used to be shrieking like infants in an orphanage. once they reached the intersection, Tua guided Pohn-Pohn throughout a lull within the site visitors to a concrete island within the heart. As Pohn-Pohn teetered at the slender divider, spilling over into the lanes on each side, Tua seemed round her—and into the tinted windshield of a travel bus roaring down on them like a rogue wave. A flash of sun mirrored off the darkish glass, blinding Pohn-Pohn. “Look out, Pohn-Pohn! ” Tua leapt onto Pohn-Pohn’s trunk as though anticipating to drag her out of ways. Pohn-Pohn opened her eyes and, seeing Tua dangling from her trunk, tossed her head out of the lane. Her ear flapped over her eye because the bus roared earlier in a blur. She set Tua down at the slender island and commenced analyzing her. “I’m all right, Pohn-Pohn,” Tua stated, and hugged her trunk. “That used to be a detailed one. ” while a niche unfolded within the site visitors, she led Pohn-Pohn around the empty lanes and down the embankment to the riverside. As Tua gazed around the River Ping and right down to the bridge lower than, she puzzled how she may ever get Pohn-Pohn onto a hectic highway back. She sat down on a hole log to gather her innovations and make a plan. they'd to pass the river in some way, or they’d by no means achieve the wat. “We desire a boat,” she stated. As she scanned the river for a ship or barge sufficiently big to deal with an elephant, Tua felt the log roll underneath her. Pohn-Pohn’s foot was once on it. “Not now, Pohn-Pohn. ” Pohn-Pohn rolled the log back. “What is it? ” Tua appeared Pohn-Pohn within the eye. “What’s the problem? ” Then she seemed over her shoulder to the place Pohn-Pohn’s trunk was once pointing … and observed a sagging tent, a spent hearth, and a sequence hooked up to a stake within the floor.

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