Genre = Novel
The students are asked to read books for a surprise reward. Erin and David working on another school project pick books related to animals and learn various ways that animals are mistreated. When the class finished reading the set number of books, the reward is a trip to a circus. Erin and David research how this particular circus treats their animals and are horrified by what they find. This leads to a confrontation with their teaching in objecting to going on the trip. On the trip day, most of the students remain seated rather than go on the trip. Few students go on the trip while the majority stay behind and end up considering the opportunity of buying the elephant Lilly who has many signs of being mistreated. Rather than have the circus sell Lilly to a hunting ground, the students decide to buy the elephant and send her to a sanctuary for elephants who is willing to care for Lilly. It is up to the class to raise the money needed to buy Lilly before the circus moves.
This story makes a strong animal rights appeal. Standing up for convictions is also an important lesson learned. The author provides a good understanding of use of how information can be used differently.
Pages to read: 150
1st Edition: 2001
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