Jan. 14:  THE WINNERS ARE: Patricia Robertson & KDKH. I will be contacting you both. 

It’s contest time! Leave a comment below and be entered to win a copy of the electronic version of Elephants Never Forgotten. Contest closes at noon (EST) on Wednesday (Jan.13th). Two books will be awarded by a random drawing on Thursday, January 14th. As a theme, tell me something about elephants. I’ll start us off with how the idea for the book came into being.

Here’s the synopsis:

A hundred years in the future, twelve-year-old Nigella receives a shipment from her deceased grandfather. Her inheritance is a herd of micro-elephants. While a lot of her friends have micro-pets, Nigella is at a loss on how to care for them. Why are her micro-pets so different from everyone else’s? What was her grandfather up to? With the help of her best friend, Kepler, the girls set off on an adventure to discover the truth.

What readers are saying:

“Ellis Nelson’s superb writing made this book a joy to read. I felt like I was right there experiencing the journey, the concerns, the total adventure. Lessons about friendship and family, ecology abound.”

“The leading characters are smart and resourceful girls. They set off for adventure and help make the world a better place. An intriguing, positive read for tweens.”


  1. ellisnelson · January 7, 2016

    We were living in Alamogordo, NM. It was a Saturday morning when I was standing in the kitchen and imagined what it would be like to hold a tiny elephant in my hand. The magic of it was soon replaced by the horror of it. That was the seed for a book that took years to bring into existence.


  2. ellisnelson · January 7, 2016

    Reblogged this on ellisnelson and commented:

    CONTEST TIME. Be sure to comment at ELLIS NELSON BOOKS (and not here).

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  3. kimberlyharding · January 7, 2016

    Love the cover.


  4. irvinjgdm · January 7, 2016

    A reminder of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels…what if I were the giant in the room and the elephant depended on me?…


  5. Theresa Crater · January 7, 2016

    I’m intrigued.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Patricia Robertson · January 7, 2016

    Love your cover picture of elephant in a hand. I don’t usually read YA books but this one intrigues me. 🙂


  7. 1authorcygnetbrown · January 7, 2016

    Seven blind mice saw an elephant differently. Because they “saw” by feeling, they only felt a certain like the tail or the trunk but never the whole elephant.


  8. Susan Bernhardt · January 7, 2016

    The book is intriguing, as is the cover.


  9. shobhna · January 8, 2016

    I love elephants and they are very smart. I enjoy reading about them.


  10. KDKH · January 8, 2016

    It makes me so sad when I see elephants morn the death of a friend. There is so much visible depth with them. They are larger than life, so we can’t help but see the emotions. All animals have emotions, but the elephants seem different somehow.


    • ellisnelson · January 8, 2016

      Totally agree. I did a lot of research to write the book and I hope some of that depth of understanding that these are emotional, family-centered, sentient creatures comes through loud & clear.


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