In her first children’s book, Lynne Cox teams up with Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Floca to bring us this inspiring story of an elephant seal who knew exactly where she belonged.

Here is the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of volunteers tows her out to sea. But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch. The volunteers catch her again and again—each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away—but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home.

Published 2014

Like Cox, Elizabeth displays tremendous endurance and repeatedly swims back to the river she loves.
New York Times

Children are likely to request multiple readings of this compelling told and lovingly illustrated true story.
School Library Journal

Based on a true story—there is a photo of the real Elizabeth in the illuminating afterword—this is a superior addition to shelves featuring wild animal personalities.
Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Washington Post Best Kids’ Books of the Year