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Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
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May 05, 11

bookshelves: 2011-books, childrens-realistic-fiction

A very good page-turner of an adventure story that grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go. The premise - child must survive alone in the wilderness - is not a new one, but the set-up is pretty unique: Jack's mother has a mental disability that causes her to check out at times, and in this case the very worst time. Jack wakes up in his tent in Acadia National Park on the first day of vacation, only to go outside and find that his mom's tent, car, and all their gear gone. So, he sets off on a journey home, trying to avoid getting caught because he is afraid he will be taken from his mother. For the most part, the story holds up to scrutiny... there was a time or two where the author jumped the shark just a bit, but nothing major. Fans of Gary Paulsen should like this one.
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