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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, apart from something she's continuously sought after: a sister. available in the market someday, Tua makes an unintended acquaintance—one with clever, loving eyes, striking power, and a really curious trunk. And whilst Tua meets Pohn-Pohn, it truly is transparent this elephant wishes her support. jointly, the bizarre crew units off on a notable 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 safe haven, this shrewdpermanent lady and her loved better half locate that correct lower than their noses is precisely what every one has been trying to find: a chum.

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What do you do with a scarecrow that’s ascared of crows? ” acknowledged her brother. the 2 youngsters laughed on the boy within the sarong. “Afraid of crows,” stated the boy. “What? ” yelped the woman. “It’s ‘afraid’ of crows, no longer ‘ascared’ of crows,” the boy within the sarong acknowledged. “What have you learnt? ” whined the woman. “You’re just a hoon lai ga. Scarecrows don’t visit college. ” “I be aware of what I know,” acknowledged the boy. “And that’s nothing,” acknowledged the lady. Then she spun round on her heels and skipped down the trail making a song, “Hoon lai ga, hoon lai ga, no one wishes a hoon lai ga. ” “What’s in there? ” requested the brother, status on tiptoes. He may perhaps see stalks swaying within the cornfield. “A demon from the woodland went in there,” the boy within the sarong whispered. “With bloodshot eyes and tusks like a wild pig. do you need to determine it? ” “No! ” The brother stumbled backward. Then he spit at the floor and acknowledged: “I don’t think in demons and spirits,” and ran off to meet up with his sister. “You can pop out now,” the boy referred to as to Tua. “They’re long gone. ” Tua led Pohn-Pohn again to the trail, making an attempt to not trample too many cornstalks. “They may have informed their father concerning the elephant,” the boy stated. “Farmers don’t like elephants greatly. ” “Thank you,” Tua stated. “What’s your identify? ” “Kanchanok. ” He blushed and appeared down at his ft. “Why did they name you hoon lai ga, Kanchanok? ” “I come from a village within the hills,” he stated. “My father left domestic to appear for paintings, and he didn’t get back. Now i have to paintings to help my brothers, sisters, mom, and grandmother. I don’t have funds to visit university. ” “I’m sorry,” Tua acknowledged. She took off the bodhi seed bracelet and slipped it over the boy’s skinny wrist. “Thank you for supporting us,” she acknowledged. “This was once a present from my buddy Noom on the temple. My Uncle Sip says presents which are shared shuttle in a circle again to us. ” Kanchanok became the bracelet round on his wrist like a knob that opened a grin on his face. “Would you're keen on me to take you to the sanctuary? ” he requested. “Would you? ” “Of course,” he threw out his chest. “Mae Noi is my good friend. She taught me find out how to learn and write. yet we’ll need to go the river and battle through the wooded area so nobody sees us. ” The bike with sidecar got here to a turnoff on the backside of a hill with an indication over the line that learn: Elephant Haven Nak stopped the bike in the course of the line and gunned the engine, attracting the eye of a gatekeeper and a chocolate-colored protect puppy with a razorback. The puppy bared its tooth and growled again on the motorbike. “Easy, Fudge,” acknowledged the gatekeeper. “Don’t very like the glance of them, do you? ” The motorbike speeded up round the bend, speeded up the part of one other hill, and pulled over to the shoulder. “Look there,” Nak pointed his finger on the river lower than. “They’re crossing the river with that buffalo boy and going into the woodland. ” “Maybe they’re going to set it loose in there,” stated Nang. “They’ll pop out of the woodland and go into the sanctuary there,” Nak pointed up river.

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