Small as an Elephant

By Jennifer Richard Jacobson
(Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763641559, 275pp.)

Publication Date: March 8, 2011

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring 2011 Kids' Next List
“Over Labor Day weekend, 11-year-old Jack's mom takes him camping in Maine. When he wakes up that first morning and finds her gone along with the car and all their food, he knows he'll have to find his own way home. Jack's mother has always been unpredictable, but if she's 'spinning' she won't be making good decisions, and if he turns himself in, Social Services will probably make him live with his grandma. This is a great read about a young boy's determination to see things through to the end, and his realization that, although he was abandoned, he was never really alone.”
-- Jamie Schildknecht, The Rediscovered Bookshop, Boise, ID


Description

Jack’s mom is gone, leaving him all alone on a campsite in Maine. Can he find his way back to Boston before the authorities realize what happened?

Ever since Jack can remember, his mom has been unpredictable, sometimes loving and fun, other times caught in a whirlwind of energy and "spinning" wildly until it’s over. But Jack never thought his mom would take off during the night and leave him at a campground in Acadia National Park, with no way to reach her and barely enough money for food. Any other kid would report his mom gone, but Jack knows by now that he needs to figure things out for himself - starting with how to get from the backwoods of Maine to his home in Boston before DSS catches on. With nothing but a small toy elephant to keep him company, Jack begins the long journey south, a journey that will test his wits and his loyalties - and his trust that he may be part of a larger herd after all.




About the Author
Jennifer Richard Jacobson is a writer, teacher, educational consultant, editor, and speaker. She writes in many genres, from children s fiction to adult nonfiction. Among her books for younger readers are the Andy Shane early chapter books, illustrated by Abby Carter, the middle-grade novel Small as an Elephant, and the young adult novels Stained and The Complete History of Why I Hate Her. About Paper Things, she says, This story allowed me to think deeply about the kids I worry about: those who for one reason or another lose their foundation of support (or never quite had it), children with so much potential and yet they fall through the cracks. Jennifer Richard Jacobson lives in Cumberland, Maine.


Praise For Small as an Elephant

"I believe in Jack and his ability to understand his mother in shades of gray. I believe in his ability to be fiercely independent: to try and try and try . . . and at the same time to recognize that he needs others. That others are right there, waiting to catch him."
- Jennifer Richard Jacobson — Quote

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