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The Great Elephant Chase Hardcover – 1 Oct 1992


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  • Hardcover: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (1 Oct. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192716727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192716729
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,484,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gillian Cross has been writing children's books for over thirty years. Before that, she took English degrees at Oxford and Sussex Universities, and she has had various jobs including working in a village bakery and being an assistant to a Member of Parliament. She is married with four children and lives in Dorset. Her hobbies include orienteering and playing the piano. She won the Carnegie Medal for Wolf and the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Children's Novel Award for The Great Elephant Chase.

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A rollicking adventure of a book . . . that will leave you breathless. (Daily Telegraph )

a wonderful book...the writing is so good that you don't even notice it (Sunday Telegraph )

It's damn good storytelling (Bookseller )

a beautifully-paced story...an exciting, genuinely rewarding adventure (The Guardian )

an undoubted classic (Sunday Times ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A gripping adventure story by award-winning writer, Gillian Cross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Great Elephant Chase by Gillian Cross is a children's novel set in America in the early 20th century. It follows the friendship between Tad, a young boy from a small town and Cissie, the rightful owner of the Indian elephant. The story is exciting and interesting throughout (although no strong themes) as the children attempt to transport the huge elephant across the country to escape Hannibal Jackson, who stole the elephant for his own corrupt purposes.
I enjoyed his book as it had original and clever ideas, a strong plot full of adventure, and well developed characters. Highly recommend to children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AngusJ on 29 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm 15 Years old, and this is another one of those books I just can't help but read again and again:

" 'I'm not going to wait around and let Mr Jackson steal my elephant.'
Penniless and parent less, Tad and Cissie are on the run from the tyrannical Mr Jackson. But hiding an enormous elephant is no easy task, and Tad realises that he must find courage and determination if they are ever to reach their destination - a proper home on the other side of America."

I was literally enthralled by this book. The imagination used is incredible - as they are reduced to smuggling an elephant on to a barge! This imagination and witty humour, is accompanied with the tense atmosphere. You don't know if Mr Jackson will ever catch-up, and there are some heart stopping moments when they nearly get caught. This is a captivating piece of literature, and I would recommend it to either sex, and any age group. I believe it can quite easily have the same effect on you as it did on me - I just hope you're brave enough to find out...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sir Furboy on 22 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is Gillian Cross at her best. A wonderful and engaging adventure involving a girl, her elephant, an orphan boy and the man who wants to take the elephant from them. Crossing 2000 miles of 19th century America, this is a grand chase well described.

The book won Whitbread and Smarties awards. The latter involved children voting on the short listed books, so it is clearly a children's favourite. Gillian Cross is a tremendously versatile author, who has written many books that I have liked very much in a variety of very different settings. This one is very much recommended.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Great Elephant Chase by Gillian Cross is a children's novel set in America in the early 20th century. It follows the friendship between Tad, a young boy from a small town and Cissie, the rightful owner of the Indian elephant. The story is exciting and interesting throughout (although no strong themes) as the children attempt to transport the huge elephant across the country to escape Hannibal Jackson, who stole the elephant for his own corrupt purposes.
I enjoyed his book as it had original and clever ideas, a strong plot full of adventure, and well developed characters. Highly recommend to children.
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