AGAINST ALL ODDS...
Erin Wrenn and her friend David are in big trouble because they refuse to go on a field trip to the Glitter Tent Circus. They wrote a report on the sad lives of circus animals, and discovered that the Glitter Tent Circus is one of the worst animal abusers of all. Mrs. Dawson is determined to give her students the happy circus experience she remembers from her childhood; she won't let Erin and David share their report or pass around a petition asking for a different field trip.
Erin is determined to force Mrs. Dawson to change her plans - or she'll stage a sit-in at school. Then Erin sees an even bigger problem: Lilly, a mistreated elephant, is about to be sold to a hunting park. How can she save Lilly before it's too late? It seems impossible! Can one girl - and a class of sixth-graders - make a difference?
Narrator Julia Farhat's flexible voice creates memorable characters in this story that both young and adult animal lovers will enjoy. Friends Erin and David have discovered that the animals at the Glitter Tent Circus are being abused, and their refusal to go on a school field trip to the circus have gotten them in trouble with their teacher, Mrs. Dawson. Mrs. Dawson, who has happy memories of the circus, wants to turn a blind eye to the animals' suffering, but the children are determined to make a difference. Farhat's performance creates a real sense of important things at stake, and she infuses a steely integrity in her voices for Erin and David.