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Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
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bookshelves: middle-school-fiction, realistic-fiction

Maine Student Book Award Nominee, 2012-2013. Jack and his mom have gone to Acadia National Park to camp during Labor Day weekend, but when Jack wakes up and finds his mom has left him, this becomes a survival story. She's left him before, when she is "spinning", but never in a strange place so far from home. What makes his situation so unique is that he can't tell anyone, in fact he must lie to anyone he meets to cover up his mother's abandonment, or he'll be taken away from her for sure. Jacobson is from Maine and uses actual locations in her book, which makes it especially interesting for those who have traveled in the area. Jack's love of his mother and his battle not to lose her is incredibly touching, and the subplot of his fascination with elephants keeps the story moving right along.
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