Saving H'non – Chang and the Elephant

Nguyen Thi Thu Trang

Illustrated by Jeet Zdung

Ages 7 to 11
25 May 2023
128 pages


The breathtaking follow-up to Saving Sorya – Chang and the Sun Bear, winner of the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration 2023

When Chang meets an elderly elephant named H’non, she makes a promise to rescue her from a lifetime of captivity. Together, they embark on a quest to find a new home where H’non can live as nature intended – wild and free.

Created by wildlife activist Trang Nguyen – who was featured as one of the environmental heroes in episode eight of the BBC’s Planet Earth III – and award-winning manga artist Jeet Zdung, Saving H'non: Chang and the Elephant is an inspirational graphic-novel adventure, based on a true story, about a young conservationist who overcomes the odds to give H'non the elephant the life she deserves after 50 years of hardship.

Chang’s daring story is for any young reader, animal lover and intrepid explorer who’s ready for adventure!


Winner of the 2023 Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration

'A beautiful, moving and uplifting tale of perseverance and overcoming challenge, and how small steps can make a big difference.' - BookTrust

'I cannot praise this book enough.' – Mat Tobin

'The epitome of wild and free.' - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

'Stirring and gorgeously rendered, this eco-conscious tale is a superb purchase for all libraries.' - School Library Journal, starred review

Packed with Zdung’s breathtaking traditional manga illustrations, which use pencils, watercolours, ink and other digital devices to create works of beauty and innovation, this moving graphic novel provides inspiration for all young conservationists who have ambitions of their own to help endangered wildlife around the globe.
The manga-esque illustrations—including Chang’s notes about the flora and fauna of Yok Dôn—are lush and informative, rewarding close examination. Fans of Saving Sorya (2021) will be gratified to see Chang continue to fight for the animals she loves. The empathy and perseverance on display make this as beautiful an animal rights book as readers will ever see.
An exceptionally well-done story that is informative, intricately and delightfully detailed, and brimming with jaw-dropping art. Highly recommended.