“A beautifully written story with historical accuracy. The characters are wonderful: believable and compassionate.”
Helen Creak, Year 6 Teacher
“There are often good reasons people do bad things. Remember that.”
Lizzie and Bobby may be escaping a freezing winter and heading to the tropical heat of Thailand but, as they’ve been firmly told, it’s not a vacation. They’ve been promised schoolwork and a personal tutor and little chance of seeing much else. But a schoolfriend has asked them to deliver two little silver bars to her great-grandmother in Bangkok – and Lizzie did swear she’d do it.
Giving their minder the slip, the pair end up taking a night train to Laos and starting an epic quest to get the bars back to their rightful owners.
A simple promise suddenly turns deadly serious. Are the secrets the bars hold really worth dying for?
This is Book 2 in the ‘A Little Yellow Plane Adventure’ series.
Available as both an ebook and in paperback, released on 28th August 2023
Cover illustration by Sarah Jane Docker
“Just read it and loved it… I do love how you touch on aspects of history that most people are unaware of.“
Jon Biddle, Year 5/6 teacher & English lead
“There is much to enjoy in Whispers of a Million Elephants. Firstly, the title is a chef’s kiss to what awaits the reader inside. The author paints a vivid portrait of the locations, namely Bangkok and Laos with the love, care and reverence of someone who genuinely loves these places…
There are a couple of extremely moving sections of narrative. The author handles these with sensitivity and a gentle hand. The imagery in these sections are absolutely wonderful… Readers would have to be made of stone to not be moved by the sections to which I’m referring.
I appreciated the section at the back explaining the historical reality of the situation in Laos. This was, again, gently but urgently told and referenced the narrative to make valid educational points.”
Year 6 Teacher, UK
“A wonderful homage to Laos, the adventure/mission to return the bars to a family is a wonderful excuse to take us on a journey from the city to “a people” into a different culture and think about the time during the Vietnam War. In the end, the author addresses with an extra chapter the facts behind this story and more detail about the war.
Educational and lyrical. The covers for all the books in this series are beautiful.“
“Two spirited pre-teens take on an adventure without the fear of consequences that often hold adults back. Feisty Bobby and thoughtful Lizzie are great foils for each other. Interesting characters join them on their adventure adding to the fun and intrigue.
There’s a lot to learn from this story, for kids and adults alike. Fast-paced, fun and informative, it’s a terrific story for 9-12 year old and curious adults.“
“I have just finished the book and I loved it. Like the last book, it’s an adventure but with a history lesson woven into it. I love the two main characters… They are two different characters but link well together. I love how their adventures seem to happen and they are such colourful and exciting ones.
Joanne Lovell, Yr 6 Teacher
“It’s another enchanting story, with a serious undertone and a great sequel to Silver River Shadow. The writing always capture my imagination and makes me feel like I’m almost there, experiencing Lizzie and Bobby’s adventures – the excitement, the pace, the colours and the disappointments.
Sue Murrow, UK reader
“I so enjoyed reading your manuscript. What an incredibly interesting story! I do think it would be popular with American young people and also would be important for them to read.
Susanne Fox, Ph.D., Retired Chair of the Department of History and American Studies at Wesley College, Dover, Delaware
Year 6 Primary Teacher, UK