The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

Chaya, schoolgirl by day, thief by night, will steal your heart in this incredibly assured debut that’s packed with adventure, friendship, and loyalty.

Aisha Bushby, author of A Pocketful of Stars

Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, usually has an answer for everything. But stealing the Queen’s jewels, even for the best of reasons, is not something she can talk her way out of and soon she has to escape.

On the back of a gorgeous stolen elephant Chaya leads her friends through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk…

Will stealing the queen’s jewels be the beginning or the end of everything for the intrepid gang?

Full of adventure, jewels, jungle creatures and bandits, The Girl Who Stole an Elephant is a thrilling, joyous adventure of friendship, flight and righting wrongs from debut Sri Lankan author Nizrana Farook.


A beautiful story

I enjoyed reading this book and would definitely recommend it to other readers as it is a beautiful story that is difficult to put down. I love how thrilling and adventurous the story is.

Frances, Surrey


I liked this book because it was quite mysterious and had good adventure, especially at the end. I would recommend this book to ages 9-13.

Michael, Sussex

The action almost never ends

The action almost never ends and the characters are always getting themselves into danger.  They are hunted by the King's men and are lost in the jungle, face to face with a jaguar. The main question of the book is, can Chaya leave the village a thief and return a hero?

Dominic, Hertfordshire

The storyline was amazing

I gave this book 5/5. It was so good. The storyline was amazing and the idea for the book must have taken ages to think about!

Gabriella, London

A rebel

I really like this book because Chaya is a rebel and that makes the book very exciting and thrilling.

Molly, London

Stealing from the rich to give to the poor

The main character in this book is Chaya. She is likes stealing from the rich and giving to the poor who need the help and money. I think this was a very good book.

Isabella, London

She loves to help people

My favourite character is Chaya because she is very adventurous and she loves to help people who need help.

Anaya, London

It shows you how other people live

Something I really like about this book is that it shows how other people live. It really expresses the importance of working hard for what you want or need, and not giving up.

Maya, London

An exciting, action-packed adventure

This is an exciting, action-packed adventure. I would recommend this to anyone who loves books full of action and adventure.

Jake, Sussex

I felt like I was there with the characters

I found The Girl Who Stole An Elephant very interesting and active.  I really felt like I was there with the characters. I loved this book!

Evanni, Sussex

A roller coaster!

I would recommend this book for children AND adults that love a thrilling adventure as this story takes you on a roller coaster.

Safiya, Sussex

An amazing book

This is an amazing book. I love how Chaya is a thief but she does it for good reasons.

Annabelle, Sussex

Friendship, adventure, trust and understanding

This book is like pouring friendship, adventure, thrill, trust and understanding into a pot and you mix it all together and what emerges from the pot is The Girl Who Stole An Elephant.

George, Sussex

It gives you chills

This is a fabulous book. It give you chills and you think, "What will happen next?"  It's all about adventuring and being curious.

Mia, Sussex

You will have to read this book

Chaya is forced to steal an elephant to save her friend, but will it all work out for her in the end?  You will have to read the book to find out.

Charlie, West Sussex

Never give up

I really liked the characters in the books. Nour is very intelligent and never gives up.

Anna, Surrey

She needs to escape fast or she will be sentenced to death!

When Chaya steals the Queen's jewels, she needs to escape fast or she will be sentenced to death!  I enjoyed this book as there is a lot of adventure.

Isabelle, Surrey

About The Author

Nizrana Farook

Nizrana Farook, author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant, was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the beautiful landscapes of her home country find their way into the stories she writes. She has a master’s degree in writing for young people, and lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two daughters.