Title: Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen
# pages: 331
Date published: 2006
Genre: Historical fiction
Challenge(s): Spring Reading Thing 2008, The Book Awards Reading Challenge (2007 Alex Award winner)
Setting: The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth traveling circus during Prohibition and
First Few Sentences:
“I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other.”
Synopsis: Water for Elephants is the
- I really enjoyed learning that many of the scenes in the book actually happened (or were composites of several different circus stories that Gruen read or heard during her research for the book).
- Some might find the ending a bit of a stretch, but I loved it ;>). It was sweet.
- Water for Elephants was selected as one of the 10 books in 2007 to receive an Alex Award. The Alex Awards are given by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), to recognize adult books that will appeal to teen readers.
- Interview with Sara Gruen
“How is it that everyone on this train has so much alcohol?”
“We always head to
at the beginning of the season,” she says, taking her seat again. “Their laws are much more civilized. Cheers,” she says, holding out her glass. Canada
I touch mine to hers and take a sip. It’s a cold, clean lager. Magnificent. “Don’t the border guards check?”
“We put the booze in with the camels,” she says.
“I’m sorry, I don’t understand,” I say.
“Camels spit.” (p. 92)
Older Jacob (p.111):
I push the porridge aside and open my vanity mirror. I should know better by now, but somehow I still expect to see myself. Instead, I find an Appalachian apple doll…
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