I met Lynne Kelly at the Texas Library Association Convention in Austin and found out she is from Houston and part of the Class of 2K12. I see Lynne at local book events all the time and I offered to help the cover reveal for Chained. Chained is a middle grade novel and I think the cover is very sweet. Make sure to visit Lynne because she is hosting a giveaway to celebrate the cover and ARCs.
Congratulations Lynne! I love the cover!
About the book:
The touching story of a boy and an elephant who have a friendship that's stronger than any lock, shackle, or chain.
Ten-year-old Hastin's sister has fallen ill, and his family must borrow money to pay for her care in the hospital. To work off the debt, Hastin leaves his village in northern India to work in a faraway jungle as an elephant keeper. He thinks it will be an adventure, but he isn't prepared for the cruel circus owner. The crowds that come to the circus see a lively animal who plays soccer and balances on milk bottles, but Hastin sees Nandita, a sweet elephant and his best friend, who is chained when she's not performing and punished until she learns her tricks perfectly. With the help of Ne Min, a wise old man who seems to know all about elephants, Hastin protects Nandita as best as he can. Still he wonders--will they both survive long enough to escape?
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