By: Eric Campbell
Papa Tembo (Elephant Gold)
Born in Barrows-in-Furness, England, author Eric Campbell wrote many books such as Shark Callers and Place of Lions. Campbell's novel Papa Tembo was published September 1st, 1998. Campbell spent many of his years working as a school teacher and administrator. He currently lives in Papua, Indonesia working as a technical writer for a mining company. (Goodreads)
Papa Tembo is a book based on the American classic Moby Dick. The main antagonist, Lauren Van Der Wel, is left crippled and sour from an elephant attack he experienced 50 years earlier. Van Der Wel now spends all of his time risking the lives of himself and his workers. The only opponent to Van Der Wel's goal is a group of scientists bent on protecting the elephants, one of which includes a young girl named Allison.
This novel constantly expresses its multiculturalism through the change of dialogue that is used and the way that words are used. Some words or phrases that normal "American" novels would use in one sense, are used in a completely different manner. This is extremely important in the current generation because many schools are not incorporating multicultural literature in the reading schedule. This is not good because students may never be exposed to cultures or norms of other cultures.
This is the American classics that Papa Tembo was based off of.
in Papa Tembo, elephants like these are hunted for their ivory tusks.
This is what the poachers are hunting for. The expensive material that comes from elephant tusks known as ivory.
How it appeals to teens
This book appeals to teens because it has humorous aspects and can relate to the modern lives of most teens dealing with everyday struggles.