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Children's Book of the Month

A reason to read

A charming story about a little girl, her unlikely best friend and the challenges they face together.



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Erica's Elephant by Sylvia Bishop

The Elephant was on Erica’s doorstep on the morning of her tenth birthday. There was also a piece of paper stating that she, Erica Perkins, had a Legal Right to the Elephant. “But it’s all very well,” said Erica, “fussing about whether I have a Right to the Elephant. The Elephant has been Left to me, and that seems to be the bigger problem.”  She looked the Elephant in the eye. “Who left you?” she demanded. “And why?”

When Erica Perkins wakes up on the morning of her tenth birthday, the last thing she expects is to find a very confused elephant sitting on her doorstep. So begins an unlikely friendship. But can a small girl and a rather large elephant learn to live together in a tiny terraced house? And when the dastardly owner of the local zoo plots to steal the elephant, will Erica be able to outsmart him? An enchanting story about the unlikely friendship between a girl and her elephant.

Meet the author - Sylvia Bishop

Sylvia Bishop recently graduated from Oxford University, and still lives in Oxford with two of her real friends and a head full imaginary ones. She is a professional comedian, performing improvised songs as one half of the Peablossom Cabaret (“A unique kind of magic… uproarious laughter”, EdFringe Review).

She has volunteered intensively as a Teaching Assistant, preparing local year 6 pupils for their literacy SATs. She is passionate about bringing entertainment and enthusiasm to core aspects of literacy.

Sylvia’s second middle grade book will also be published with Scholastic in 2017.