I recently read a book called Elephant Run. It is written by Roland Smith. It’s about a boy named Nicholas Gillis Freestone who travels from London to Burma, (aka Myanmar) to escape the war. But the war follows. As Nick gets hurt by Hannibal, Hilltop/Taung Baw appears. Nick gives the monk some food, not knowing of the future.
As Nick meets Mya, Indaw, and Magwe, there is no knowing of Japanese attacking. But when they do, Hannibal kills them.
When WW2 is over, everyone is in Australia, including Nick’s mother and stepfather. Hilltop is not seen again. But as you near the end, you may find a startling surprise. 🙂
Read my mom’s review at http://sixboxesofbooks.blogspot.com/2009/10/elephant-run-mother-daughter-reviews.html