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Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
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Nov 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: youth-fiction
Read in November, 2011

The book follows a boy, Jack, on his summer vacation or so he thinks. Jack wakes up in his tent on the first morning of Labor Day vacation to find no trace of his mother. Jack is initially calm as he begins to search around the campground for his mother but as time goes on and there is not sight of her he begins to worry. Not only is he on his own but he fears that if he goes for help he will be turned over to social services or forced to live with his grandmother. Jack's mother suffers from an illness that results in wild swings of emotions and often results in Jack being left on his own. So Jack decides to search for his mother on his own by checking the places on their vacation list. Great for boys with a good deal of adventure but it also has a message about seeking help when faced with a dysfuntional home life.

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