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By R. P. Harris, Taeeun Yoo

Ten-year-old Tua—Thai for "peanut"—has every thing she wishes at domestic in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with the exception of something she's regularly sought after: a sister. available in the market in the future, Tua makes an unintentional acquaintance—one with clever, loving eyes, amazing energy, and a truly curious trunk. And whilst Tua meets Pohn-Pohn, it is transparent this elephant wishes her aid. jointly, the bizarre group units off on a awesome trip to flee from Pohn-Pohn's vile captors. From the bustling evening industry to the hallowed halls of a Buddhist temple and at last, to the sanctuary of an elephant shelter, this smart lady and her liked spouse locate that correct below their noses is precisely what every one has been looking for: a pal.

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Gotcha. ” Nak bared his tooth and tousled. “Put her down, you filthy brute! ” cried a voice. Nak grew to become to spot the speaker, a stout girl with a withering scowl and a shimmering gold the teeth. “This doesn’t main issue you,” he snorted, shaking off the distraction. Tua wriggled in his clutch like a fish, and he needed to face up to an urge to smack her with a troublesome, blunt software. there have been too many witnesses. “Yes it does,” stated the girl. “Those are my cabbages. ” “I don't have any curiosity on your cabbages. This antisocial stole my estate. ” And he held Tua up in the direction of his face as though to make a favorable identity. benefiting from the instant, Tua reached out and gave Nak’s nostril a twist. “Ai-yee! ” he yelped, and published his grip. Tua dropped onto the pile of cabbages and, rolling to the floor, squeezed throughout the legs of the collection crowd and sprinted down the soi to Auntie Orchid’s condominium. She needed to get Pohn-Pohn out of there and be quickly approximately it. simply as Tua disappeared, a policeman started pushing his means during the crowd. “What’s the rumpus? Can’t a guy devour in peace? ” He pulled his cap down round his ears and plucked a serviette off his chest. “Make way,” he ordered. “Step apart. ” “The very guy i used to be hoping to see,” Nak smirked on the crowd. “Constable, this mob has aided and abetted a perilous legal. She’s brief, has a vicious mood, and went thataway. method with caution—she most likely hasn’t been vaccinated. ” “What type of crime? ” The officer picked his enamel. “The blackest crimes of all, sir. robbery of non-public property—and tried homicide! ” the gang gasped because the officer reached for a pc and pen. “What are the lacking goods? ” He heaved an detached sigh. “Who was once the alleged sufferer? ” “There is yet one merchandise lacking. An elephant. ” the gang gasped back. “And the sufferer stands prior to you,” Nak additional, pointing to his swollen nostril. “I didn’t see an elephant,” acknowledged the officer. “It’s most likely hidden with the remainder of her loot. She’s a crafty little satan. ” “I’ll have to see your elephant’s license. ” “Eh? Elephant’s license? after all. ” Nak started to pat his wallet and glance approximately for Nang. Nang had melted into the gang and was once doing a lower than convincing imitation of an blameless bystander. “Nang,” Nak referred to as out. “May i've got the elephant’s license, please? ” “No,” Nang whispered. “Don’t inform me you’ve left it again on the resort? ” He rolled his eyes in exasperation. “No,” Nang spoke to the floor among his toes. “Ah,” Nak stated. “It needs to be within the resort secure with our different files. ” He leaned toward the policeman and murmured: “I wonder whether i would have a observe in deepest. ” “Hundred baht,” the officer spoke back. “I beg your pardon? ” “Or lets pass all the way down to the station and fill out a document. ” “Of direction. I see. little need to hassle ourselves with not easy bureaucracy, eh? ” Nak winked. “What approximately my cabbages? ” cried the girl with the gold teeth. “And my spilled rice? ” cried one other. “And my plastic buckets? ” “And my curry bowls? ” “And my flower pots? ” “One at a time,” stated the police officer.

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