The Girl Who Stole An Elephant by Nizrana Farook

This book review of The Girl Who Stole An Elephant by Nizrana Farook was written by Alessa Gray as part of Stockton Children’s Book of the Year Book Review Competition.

Out in Serendib, it’s a jungle – like desert. Everyone’s unhappy with where they are living but they deal with it, for now. Twelve year old Chaya is a thief who steals from the wealthy and gives to the struggling. With help from her two friends, Nour and Neel, they escape from Serendib while on the run from the King’s Guardsmen! Their only way out is through the jungle on the King’s elephant, Ananda. Who knows what might be in store for the them…

This adventurous, wild book was lovely to read! It was full of intensity and thrill. In my opinion, the best/my favourite character was Chaya. She was mischievous, sarcastic and kind! The worst/my least favourite character is definitely the King. Until the end, he was ride, ungrateful for his fortune and snobby about being King. If you would like to read this story then go for it.


If you loved reading The Girl Who Stole An Elephant, then try Nizrana’s latest, The Boy Who Met A Whale, available in library branches across Stockton and online via Libby.

Read all of the shortlist for Stockton Children’s Book of the Year 2021:

The Girl Who Stole and Elephant by Nizrana Farook

The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay

Nevertell by Katharine Orton

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson

The Night’s Realm by Nick Ward


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