The Elephant’s Girl, by Celesta Rimington | ARC review

Hello everybody! I hope that you are all staying as healthy as possible right now, and staying entertained if you’re stuck at home all the time. Right now I have finally finished a review that was kind of difficult to write, because I didn’t have a huge amount of reaction to this book. But I wrote it, and here it is, so without further ado, here is my spoiler free review of The Elephant’s Girl, by Celesta Rimington!


An elephant never forgets…but Lexington Willow can’t remember her past. When she was a toddler, a tornado swept her away from everyone and everything she knew and landed her near an enclosure in a Nebraska zoo, where an elephant named Nyah protected her from the storm. With no trace of her family, Lex grew up at the zoo with her foster father, Roger; her best friend, Fisher; and the wind whispering in her ear.

Now that she’s twelve, Lex is finally old enough to help with the elephants. But during their first training session, Nyah sends her a telepathic image of the woods outside the zoo. Despite the wind’s protests, Lex decides to investigate Nyah’s message and gets wrapped up in an adventure involving ghosts, lost treasure, and a puzzle that might be the key to finding her family. Can Lex summon the courage to hunt for who she really is–and why the tornado brought her here all those years ago?

Expected publication: May 19, 2020

Genre: Middle grade, magical realism, animals

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really loved Lexington’s connection to Nyah. It is so beautifully written and told, it is just a really meaningful and sweet addition to the book. I found that how Lex connects with Nyah, and how she finds comfort in Nyah, is beautiful.

I also really enjoyed how ghosts were portrayed throughout the book. Or, misplaced spirits, as one of them often reminds us. Amelia’s character was interesting, well written, and also kind of creepy. I am not a fan of creepy stuff, and although this is not at all a creepy novel, there were a few parts of the book that gave me the shivers.

Another thing that I really enjoyed reading about was how Fisher’s mom’s character was developed throughout the course of the book. She is not only Lexington’s teacher, but also instrumental to how Lex views herself, and helps Lex become braver. I thought it was really interesting how Fisher’s mom assigned her to comparing herself to Karana, in Island of the Blue Dolphins. That whole part of the story was one of my favorites.

There wasn’t anything in the book that I explicitly didn’t like. I just didn’t really completely enjoy the book. After reading some books, you get the reaction of “oh my gosh, that’s the best book I’ve ever read”, some books you get the reaction of “that was a pretty good book” others are “why did I even read this thing” and this one was more of an “oh. I’m done now. Thats nice. The ending was ok. It’s over.

Like I said, I didn’t hate anything. But I didn’t love that much. This book, I feel, could have gone a little further, a little deeper into Lex’s past, brought that together more with the present, and possibly woven a few of the loose ends together into a bit more of an intriguing story of a girl wondering about her family’s past.

This book was an average book that I enjoyed while reading but did not have a lot of after thought about. The plot was fine, and the writing was pretty good, but this book didn’t really pop out to me.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

To who? Fans of middle grade fantasy

MY RATING: 3.5/5 stars

Have you read The Elephant’s Girl? What do you think about it from my review? Chat with me in the comments below!

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