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Small as an Elephant

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

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    A thoughtful, emotional read

    Eleven-year-old Jack is left alone in a tent in Acadia National Park, Maine by his mother, who struggles with mental health issues. For years, Jack has protected her, not wanting to be turned over to state authorities and then to his grandmother. He realizes this is yet another time when his mother is "spinning" and vows to either find her or make his way home to Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts. He has been fascinated with elephants for years; he steals a small plastic elephant which reminds him of the stories and facts his mother has told him about the creatures. A live elephant in Maine figures into the story as well. The author writes in such a way that the reader will be afraid for Jack, afraid of the dangers of traveling by himself, afraid of being taken from his mother again, afraid that he and his mother might go to jail. We root for Jack over and over, to find his mom and the elephant, to not get caught by the police, to have his broken finger heal. This is a delightful book which might serve as a springboard to other books about teens on their own (sometimes called survival stories), such as books by Will Hobbs and Gary Paulsen.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2014

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    Good read!

    I found the book interesting. The boys love for an elephant and also wanting to find his mom kept me wanting to read to the end. It's great young adult book; one I would recommend to others.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    I am not a teen...I'm a grandma who came upon this book at a thr

    I am not a teen...I'm a grandma who came upon this book at a thrift store and I thought it sounded interesting. Not only was the story a very good one, but I learned lots of facts about elephants that I never knew. Was hoping from page one that this young boy would place his trust in someone on his journey, and I was glad that he had the small elephant to be by his side.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    Great book

    Jacobson does a wonderful job of getting into the head of a young boy and how he uses his past experiences to survive on his own. Great ending.

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