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Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
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Nov 18, 2011

really liked it

Small as an Elephant tells the story of young Jack who wakes up to a camping trip on Mt. Desert Island, ME with his mother all alone. She has packed up their stuff and taken off, presumably as a result of an argument from the day before. Reluctant to his out his mother as neglectful, he strikes out on his own, determined to make it back to his home in Jamaica Plain in Boston. Scrounging for food, for water, for shelter, for everything Jack is miserable and alone, but determined to not get caught. He stumbles upon both help and obstacles along the way. An interesting survival story, with its suburban/rural setting, Jack is occasionally an annoying character, but you root for his success nonetheless. The mother is completely absent from the actual story, but her instability comes through via Jack's memories and swinging emotions, for fear to anger to understanding and back again. For kids 9 and up.

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