When Elephants Fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer
I just want to start off by saying this book is amazing and one of a kind. T. Lily Decker is an intern reporter for a newspaper in Oregon. The local zoo is expecting new elephant calf in their conservation program and Lily is the reporter in the job. After the calf is born, Lily is at the zoo for a follow up article when the mother elephant tries to kill her calf. Out of instinct, Lily tries to help save the baby elephant now known as Swift Jones. Swift Jones is now being shipped off to the circus. The zoo had a contract with the circus, who provided the sire in the conservation breeding program, that if the mother rejected the calf, the circus would assume ownership. Lily has been assigned to follow the baby elephant and report. She has a 12-year plan to avoid stress and this is definitely on the anti 12 year plan. Lily’s own mother tried to kill her she she was only seven years old. Her mother suffered from schizophrenia and Lily has a very high predisposition to inherit the mental illness. I’m this book we follow Lily and Swift Jones on their journey together when both lives are at stake. The survival of the newborn elephant without its mother and the fight for Lily’s sanity.
This book was listed as a Goodreads giveaway and after reading the description I HAD TO enter. It was fate I won a ARC of this book. It was the FIRST giveaway/contest I have EVER won. The copy I received was one of the first (see pic below) so I’m interested to see if any changes are made.I did put off reading it for a while. This book was EXTREMELY hard for me to read. It was in no way bad. This books gets 5 out of 5 stars from me. It was hard to read because my son has schizophrenia. In my family, it affects the guys. My son is actually the first born son in six generations and was diagnosed about five months ago. There were so many things I could relate to in this book. I love the statistics (though not all great) and the awareness, that not all schizophrenia is bad, that this book could bring. This is a great fictional story wrapped up in a serious real word illness that is very relatable. The story is just overall amazing.
^^ This is my winning copy^^
This book has easily become one of my favorites. We have a while before it comes out (September 4th) but I will definitely be snagging up a 100% finished copy one was or another.
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