Small as an Elephant

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Candlewick Press, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 275 pages
19 Reviews
Jack’s mom is gone, leaving him all alone on a campsite in Maine. Can he find his way back to Boston before the authorities realize what happened?

Ever since Jack can remember, his mom has been unpredictable, sometimes loving and fun, other times caught in a whirlwind of energy and "spinning" wildly until it’s over. But Jack never thought his mom would take off during the night and leave him at a campground in Acadia National Park, with no way to reach her and barely enough money for food. Any other kid would report his mom gone, but Jack knows by now that he needs to figure things out for himself - starting with how to get from the backwoods of Maine to his home in Boston before DSS catches on. With nothing but a small toy elephant to keep him company, Jack begins the long journey south, a journey that will test his wits and his loyalties - and his trust that he may be part of a larger herd after all.
 

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User Review  - Marty_Heagney - LibraryThing

This spare, well-written story of abandonment will hook the reader on the first page and never let go. Jack is an 11-year old boy who lives outside of Boston with his mom. The story begins as Jack ... Read full review

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User Review  - fingerpost - LibraryThing

Jack's mother is mentally ill. She gets into spells of "spinning" where she doesn't pay any attention to anything or anybody else, including her son. So when the two of them go on a camping trip and ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
8
Section 3
20
Section 4
28
Section 5
41
Section 6
50
Section 7
56
Section 8
64
Section 14
148
Section 15
158
Section 16
163
Section 17
174
Section 18
180
Section 19
189
Section 20
206
Section 21
213

Section 9
73
Section 10
90
Section 11
103
Section 12
117
Section 13
132
Section 22
220
Section 23
237
Section 24
254
Section 25
261
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About the author (2011)

Jennifer Richard Jacobson is the author of several books for children and young adult readers, including the Andy Shane early chapter books, illustrated by Abby Carter. She lives in Cumberland, Maine.