Diane Hammond loves animals and over the years, she has worked with many large animals, most notably Keiko, the killer whale from the movie Free Willy. But it was a story she saw on the news about an elephant who had been tended by the same caretaker for 20 years that was her inspiration for her chaming new novel, Hannah's Dream. In the novel, Hammond tells the story of an aging elephant caretaker who is facing retirement, but who refuses to leave the zoo until he can ensure that his beloved charge Hannah will be well taken care of. The result is an "irresisitibly touching, delectably uplifting" (Booklist) novel.
You can see Diane talking about the novel here and watch an adorable video of a zookeeper reading the book to her own elephant below. Browse inside the book, find out more at Diane's website and check out the reading group guide.
The first ten commenters on the video will receive a copy of the book plus a bag of peanuts to enjoy while reading it! And look for Diane at next month's Book Group Expo.