Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

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This is good and bad, because it didn’t preach to one age group, but it also meant that I didn’t have a decisive image of the main character. I loved how the story jumped right into the plot, and slowly fleshes out the characters. It ends in a way that seems right.
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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.
 

About Jennifer Richard Jacobson

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Jennifer Richard Jacobson’s favorite camp memory is of canoeing to a river island, where she and her paddling friends built a campfire and slept out under the stars until dawn. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children in Cumberland, Maine, where they like to sing silly camp songs.
 
Published March 8, 2011 by Candlewick. 284 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.
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Reviewed by Ned Kelly on Mar 18 2011

This is good and bad, because it didn’t preach to one age group, but it also meant that I didn’t have a decisive image of the main character. I loved how the story jumped right into the plot, and slowly fleshes out the characters. It ends in a way that seems right.

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