Abandoned in the jungle of the Nepalese Borderlands, two-year-old Nandu is found living under the protective watch of a pack of wild dogs. From his mysterious beginnings, fate delivers him to the King's elephant stable, where he is raised by unlikely parents-the wise head of the stable, Subba-sahib, and Devi Kali, a fierce and affectionate female elephant. When the king's government threatens to close the stable, Nandu, now twelve, searches for a way to save his family and community. A risky plan could be the answer. But to succeed, they'll need a great tusker. The future is in Nandu's hands as he sets out to find a bull elephant and bring him back to the Borderlands. In simple poetic prose, author Eric Dinerstein brings to life Nepal's breathtaking jungle wildlife and rural culture, as seen through the eyes of a young outcast, struggling to find his place in the world.
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"Narrator Kirby Heyborne immerses himself in the character of Nandu, an 11-year-old boy who is abandoned in the Nepalese jungle, cared for by dogs, and then rescued by Subba-sahib, the head of the elephant stable, and the elephant Devi Kali. In this first-person story, Nandu has much to tell about his world--including details of elephant care, the flora and fauna of the jungle, the discrimination he faces at boarding school, and his determination to repurpose the stable for the benefit of the Nepalese elephant population. Heyborne's earnest voice and brisk pace deposit listeners into the midst of each episode. He exudes Nandu's respect for Subba-sahib and the elephants. When needed, he punches out Nandu's thoughts--be it indignation at schoolyard bullies, warning cries to a tigress, or enthusiasm over mutual interests with his teacher. Dinerstein and Heyborne leave listeners ready to listen again. A.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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