The Firework-Maker’s Daughter by Phillip Pullman
Lalchand, a firework-maker who is raising his daughter Lila alone since his wife died, teaches Lila the basics of making fireworks since he must work while he cares for her. Lila loves watching her father, and even is allowed to experiment on her own with the materials, creating new explosive devices. They live in a country where the king owns a white elephant, whose caretaker Chulak is friends with Lila. Only Chulak and Lila know the secret that Hamlet the elephant can talk. When Lila runs away to the Fire Fiend’s mountain to get a secret ingredient for fireworks, Chulak and Hamlet also plan to run away to help her. How the two friends and the elephant all set off on their quests and whether they succeed make an exciting story. Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, gives this book a lot of suspense, even though it’s a very fast read.
Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson
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