Thieves of Summer


Princess Alice is an elephant the children of Utah purchased by donating nickels and dimes to a circus. The girls don’t know this, but her handler takes the mammoth princess out on late-night strolls around the park when the moon is out. What they do know is that the elephant sometimes escapes and goes on a rampage, crashing through front-yard fences and collecting collars of clothesline laundry around her neck, a persistent train of barking dogs following behind. The girls’ father is a police officer who is investigating a boy’s disappearance.

In her last book, Linda Sillitoe draws from her background of writing poems, novels, and true crime. As Peter Rock puts it, “‘The Theives of Summer’ never lets up.”


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