Now in their thirteenth year, the UKLA Book Awards are the only awards judged entirely by teachers, aiming to highlight high-quality children’s books and promote the importance of books for young people, from nursery to key stage 4. This year, the judging criteria put particular emphasis on “a broad range of perspectives, experiences and voices” which are reflected in the themes of diversity, inclusion, empathy and inspiration represented in the shortlist.
Editor, Kirsty Stansfield, said: “We’re really delighted to see The Girl Who Stole an Elephant on this illustrious shortlist. It represents a ringing endorsement from the teaching profession and we’re very grateful for teachers’ support during such a challenging time for schools. Congratulations, Nizrana, and here’s hoping Elephant rides to victory!”
Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. Will stealing the queen’s jewels be the beginning or the end of everything for the intrepid gang?
The Girl Who Stole an Elephant is a thrilling jungle adventure, filled with mystery, action and peril – perfect for 9-12 year-old readers.
Read the first few chapters below: