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The Magician's Elephant - Kate Dicamillo

The Magician's Elephant

By: Kate Dicamillo, Yoko Tanaka (Illustrator)

Paperback | 1 November 2010

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"Magic is always impossible," said the magician. "It begins with the impossible and ends with the impossible and is impossible in between. That is why it is magic."

What if? Why not? Could it be? When a fortune-teller's tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchenne knows the questions that he must ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortune-teller's mysterious answer (An elephant! An elephant will lead you there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it is true. With atmospheric illustrations by fine artist Yoko Tanaka, here is a dreamlike and captivating tale that could only be told by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. In this timeless fable, she evokes the largest of themes - hope and belonging, desire and compassion - with the lightness of a magician’s touch.

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of Because of Winn-Dixie (Newbery Honor), Tiger Rising (National Book Award Finalist), The Tale of Despereaux (Newbery Medal), The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Boston Globe-Horn Book Award), the Mercy Watson series (Theodore Geisel Honor) and Great Joy (New York Times Bestseller).
Industry Reviews
Elegant, timeless and utterly heartbreaking. * The Independent on Sunday *
Full of charm this is also a heroic story of how goodness and courage can outsmart dark forces * The Guardian *
Beautiful...stunningly illustrated * The Irish Times *
Beautiful illustrations. -- 12-year-old Gracie * Anorak *

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