Quill Book Awards (General Fiction Category) - Nominated
American Bookseller's Association Book Sense Book of the Year Award (Adult Fiction) - Winner
American Library Association's Alex Award - Winner
About the Book
The runaway international bestseller by “the must-read author of summer” (Ottawa Citizen)
Orphaned and penniless at the height of the Depression, Jacob Jankowski escapes everything he knows by jumping on a passing train—and inadvertently runs away with the circus. So beginsWater for Elephants, Sara Gruen’s darkly beautiful tale about the characters who inhabit the less-than-greatest show on earth.
Jacob finds a place tending the circus animals, including a seemingly untrainable elephant named Rosie. He also comes to know Marlena, the star of the equestrian act—and wife of August, a charismatic but cruel animal trainer. Caught between his love for Marlena and his need to belong in the crazy family of travelling performers, Jacob is freed only by a murderous secret that will bring the big top down.
Water for Elephants is an enchanting page-turner, the kind of book that creates a world that engulfs you from the first page to the last. A national bestseller in Canada and a New York Times bestseller in the United States, this is a book destined to become a beloved fiction classic.
Educator and Librarian Resources
?Dazzling. . . . Unforgettable.? (Edmonton Journal) —
- ISBN: 9780006391555
- ISBN 10: 0006391559
- Imprint: Harper Perennial Canada
- On Sale: 03/29/2007
- Pages: 352
- List Price: 16.50 CAD
- BISAC1: FICTION / General