A Million Shades of Gray

A Million Shades of Gray

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"Y'Tin is brave. No one in his village denies that--his mother may wish that he'd spend more time on school work than on elephant training, but still she knows that it takes a great deal of courage and calm to deal with elephants the way that Y'Tin does. He is almost the best trainer in the village--and, at twelve-years old, he's certainly the youngest. Maybe he'll even open up his own school some day to teach other Montagnards how to train wild elephants? That was the plan anyway--back before American troops pulled out of the Vietnam War, back before his village became occupied by Viet Cong forces seeking revenge, back before Y'Tin watched his life change in a million terrible ways. Now, his bravery is truly put to the test: he can stay in his village, held captive by the Viet Cong or he can risk his life (and save his elephant's) by fleeing into the jungle. The Montagnards know their surroundings well. After all, this is why Y'Tin's village had become loyal US allies during the war, having been tapped by Special Forces for their tracking skills and familiarity with the jungle. But that also means that Y'Tin knows how unsafe it can be--and how much danger he is in if he chooses to head out with no destination in mind."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed. 1st Atheneum Books for Young Readers paperback ed.
ISBN: 9781442429192
Call Number: KADOHATA
Characteristics: 216 p. ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Elephants -- Fiction.
Vietnam -- History -- 1975- -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.


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Feb 16, 2015

excellent story!

branch_reviews Jun 30, 2012

After the American withdrawal from Vietnam, thirteen year old Y’Tin and his family and friends must defend themselves from the North Vietnamese army. But Y’Tin’s passion is elephants – all he dreams about is becoming an elephant handler and fighting is not part of his plan. When his village is attacked Y’Tin and his friends escape into the jungle with the elephants. After surviving the dangers of the jungle and being reunited with his family Y’Tin becomes more determined to leave his homeland and live his dream in a peaceful place.
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