Peter Augustus Duchene is a ten year old orphan. When his guardian sends him out with one coin to purchase some food in the Baltese market square, he sees a fortune teller's tent, and has something more pressing than food on his mind. Peter was told that his sister was dead, and the question he must ask the fortune teller is----does his sister live, and if so, how can he find her? The fortune teller answers the question by saying "follow the elephant", and tells him that the elephant will lead him there.
When a magician's act goes terribly wrong, and an elephant falls from the ceiling of the opera house, an unbelievable chain of events are set into motion.
The Magician's Elephant is written for middle school aged children. It is a dark, yet hopeful tale with a wonderful cast of charming characters. It is a wonderful story that shows us what can happen to those who believe. I am confident this delightful story will reawaken the child inside of most who read it. It is a story that will have you rooting for not only the children, but the elephant and magician as well. I LOVED the author's last book: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and I must say, DiCamillo has written yet another winner, in my opinion. DON'T MISS IT!