Erin and her friend David complete a project about the abuse and bad treatment of circus animals for the talented and gifted program at their school. They vow to never attend another circus that abuses its animals again. When their teacher sets up a reading challenge with a special prize at the end, they’re shocked and disappointed to find out that their class has won a trip to the circus. Erin and David can’t get their teacher to change her mind about the circus. Not only will she not change her mind, but their teacher is taking it personally that they don’t want to attend the circus and makes some severe threats about the consequences of not going on the class trip. Erin and David get most of their classmates on board in the hopes of changing the situation. Then, after witnessing firsthand the terrible treatment of Lilly, a circus elephant, they decide they have to save her. Since Lilly is owned by the local circus the only way to save her is to buy her from them and send her to an animal sanctuary. This means the students need to raise $800 and they only have three weeks. Unfortunately, there are many obstacles in their path. Will they be able to save Lilly or will they be out maneuvered by all of the adults involved?
Saving Lilly by Peg Kehret really touched me and made me think about what happens at the circus. It changed my opinion about them because I never knew about the way many of the animals are treated. I would certainly recommend this book to kids in fourth through seventh grade. It had a nice flow to it and it was easy to read. I also think that animal lovers will enjoy this book. I do not think the cover of this book does it justice. I wouldn’t pick the book up based on the cover because it looks boring- but it is one of the best books I have ever read. This is a book that should not be missed and will change you forever!
Has anyone else read Saving Lilly? Or read another book by Peg Kehret?
Happy Reading! ~L