The elephant was to change Tad's life. It was to involve him and his friend, Cissie, in a chase that led from Pennsylvania, down the Ohio River, up the Mississippi, and into Nebraska, by train, flatboat and steamboat.
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.