Hardcover Annick Press, 2015
Price: USD 17.36
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Dewey: -Fic-; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 6.1
AR 5.1 MG 1 179412EN


 


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Overview
From Follett

Translation of: Elefantmannen.;Includes bibliographical references. "Based on the famous true story of Joseph Merrick"--Dust jacket.

From the Publisher

An unforgettable story of immense courage and an unbreakable spirit.

"Gather round--prepare to be amazed! A sight so very gruesome that you simply won't believe it. Ladies and gentlemen ... the Elephant Man!"

Every night people swarm to a theater in London to see the Elephant Man, whose real name is Joseph Merrick. They scream in terror at the sight of him. But beneath Joseph's shocking exterior, he longs for affection and understanding.

Disfigured in childhood by a rare disease, Joseph is rejected by his family, bullied in the streets, and ridiculed at his job. While touring Europe with a freak show, he's robbed and abandoned. Joseph seems to encounter misfortune at every turn, but eventually finds friendship with a kind doctor. Though he died young, Joseph became world famous and inspired many with his gentleness and dignity.

Masterful illustrations and archival photographs are joined with simple but moving language, bringing the celebrated true story of the Elephant Man to life for young readers. This is a tremendously affecting book about being different, refusing to be a victim, and finding happiness in even the most challenging of circumstances.


Product Details
  • Publisher: Annick Press
  • Publication Date: August 7, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
  • Tracings: Hodnefjeld, Hilde, 1966- illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-55451-778-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-55451-778-7
  • Follett Number: 0969GU3
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 6.1
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.1
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 1
  • AR Quiz: 179412EN

Reviews & Awards
  • Horn Book Guide, 10/01/16
  • Kirkus Reviews, 06/01/15
  • Publishers Weekly, 09/07/15
  • Resource Links, 04/01/16
  • School Library Connection, 04/01/16
  • School Library Journal, 07/01/15

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (February 15, 2016 (Online))
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