Dindy and the Elephant by Elizabeth Laird (group set, 7 books)

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Bored with her little brother Pog's childish games, Dindy decides that she's finally grown-up enough for a real adventure. While her mother is sleeping and the servants are busy, she takes Pog deep into the tea gardens, a place they are never supposed to go alone. Terrified by a wild animals and snubbed by the local children, Dindy starts to realize how little she really knows about India, even though it's the only place she's ever called home. But little does she know her life is about to be turned upside down when her mother is taken ill and her father tells her they are leaving India, for good.

Dindy and the Elephant is a wonderful portrait of a young British child coming to terms with leaving her beloved childhood home, while at the same time realizing that many of the things she has been raised to believe are wrong.

  • colonial history
  • set in India
  • growing up, learning to question received opinions
  • 192 pages

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Laird interviewed by Hannah Love

Elizabeth Laird is a much loved author of everything from picture books to young adult novels, and has been shortlisted for the Carnegie medal six times. She has travelled and lived all over the world, and the inspiration this has provided shines through in her books, not least in her newest novel Dindy and the Elephant. Set in India in 1947 just before the the Indian Independence Act came into place, Dindy and her younger brother Pog live in the middle of a tea plantation with their parents. Whilst Laird claims that generally her characters come to her at the beginning of a story, and then she ‘starts to put flesh on the original idea,’ she acknowledges that in this instance not only her travels but her own family history inspired the novel.

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