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Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
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Apr 06, 2012

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‎"If anyone wants to know what elephants are like, they are like people, only more so." --Peter Corneille.

Eleven-year-old Jack wakes up at a campground in the backwoods of Maine only to discover his mother is gone. Not "missing". Gone. And it's not the first time. Though his mother's illness is never named, it's apparent to adult readers that she's bipolar. Jack is determined to find her, before someone else finds him, and he begins his journey home to Boston--literally and figuratively. Jack's obsession with elephants encourages him to sidetrack to York's wild-animal park to see his favorite pachyderm, Lydia. If only he could see Lydia, he'd know everything was going to be okay. Young readers (6th-8th graders) will appreciate Jacobson's novel for Jack's adventures; I was fascinated by the elephant-facts sprinkled throughout the novel.

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