Beryl Young

 

Youth



 

FOLLOW THE ELEPHANT

Follow the Elephant, is an entertaining novel for ages 9 to 12 about a boy's journey to India with his grandmother.

Ben Kaplan, 13, is angry, confused and disruptive after the recent death of his father. To halt his slide, he is pressed into a trip to India with his grandmother. Her stated purpose is to find her long lost pen pal Shanti.

The search for Shanti becomes a kind of scavenger hunt following assorted leads and clues. But the search also provides a brilliant framework to introduce fascinating details about culture, religion and life in India.

In the end, Ben achieves the nearly impossible--finding Shanti, a quest that is the equivalent of “finding a camel hair in the desert.” He also comes to understand the epigram in his guide book: "A traveller goes to India seeking adventure, but invariably what he finds is himself." And he emerges with new-found confidence and maturity.

Follow the Elephant subtly explores Hinduism, Christianity, and Judaism and fits well with Canadian Grade 7 and 8 curriculums on world religions.

Finalist for 2010 Best Canadian Children's Book
IODE Violet Downey Book Awards

A 2010 Year's Best Book by Resource Links

Beryl Young had impressive first-time success with her novel Wishing Star Summer (Raincoast 2001). The book was on the BC Children's Bestseller list for 26 weeks, and was named an Our Choice book by the Canadian Children's Book Centre.

Beryl is a member of the Federation of B.C. Writers, the Children's Writers and Illustrators of B.C., the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable, and the Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators, and Performers.