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Small as an Elephant

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ISBN13: 9780763641559
ISBN10: 0763641553
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Jacks 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 its 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.

Synopsis:

One brave girl takes an extreme step to protect two abused children

When thirteen-year-old Mascha is sent to her grandparents' for the summer, she spends her days bored and lonely at a nearby playground. There she meets Julia and Max, two young siblings who are incredibly shy and withdrawn. Mascha soon begins to suspect that they are being physically abused by their father, a prominent member of their small community. She tells her grandparents and the authorities, but they all refuse to believe her.

Mascha cant let the abuse go on, so she takes matters into her own hands. Already an international award winner, this beautifully written novel is a haunting and timely tale.

About the Author

Jennifer Richard Jacobson is the author of several books for children and young adult readers, including the Andy Shane early chapter books, illustrated by Abby Carter. She lives in Cumberland, Maine.

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grrlpup, February 16, 2012 (view all comments by grrlpup)
Kids will like the nuts and bolts of this book. How Jack escapes detection, finds food, gets information without attracting too much adult attention, travels through the state. His emotions seem real, up and down as the events unfold.

The turnaround at the end, however, happens more or less in a vacuum, and too quickly. Jack's change of heart about some people who are close to him happens all in his head, when it would have been much more powerful to see it worked out in conversation or action with those people.

One jarring note-- there's an adult character I found really strange. Jack meets him in a bar. The guy, who clearly spends a lot of time there and knows all the staff by name, is all "Hey, yeah, my name is Jack tooooo!" and is super-nice to him. He says Jack's finger is broken, but he can splint it because he "helps kids who need it." Then apparently, through the rest of the book he is sort of tracking Jack, looking for him in cooperation with the police...who tell him everything going on with the case. He briefly hides Jack from the police and drives him substantial distances in his truck. To me this is all very creepy, but nothing like that seems to cross the minds of any of the characters in the book. I'm actually glad there weren't any run-ins with creepy or abusive adults in the book, but the Big Jack character and others' reactions to him did not ring true.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763641559
Author:
Jacobson, Jennifer Richard
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Author:
Kreller, Susan
Author:
Richard, Jennifer
Author:
Jacobson
Author:
Gaffney, Elizabeth
Subject:
Animals - Elephants
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
survival;mental illness;elephants;abandonment;maine;realistic fiction;camping;adventure;family;fiction;bipolar;ya;grandmothers;mothers
Subject:
Situations / Physical & Emotional Abuse
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-COLOR
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 9 up to 12

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One brave girl takes an extreme step to protect two abused children

When thirteen-year-old Mascha is sent to her grandparents' for the summer, she spends her days bored and lonely at a nearby playground. There she meets Julia and Max, two young siblings who are incredibly shy and withdrawn. Mascha soon begins to suspect that they are being physically abused by their father, a prominent member of their small community. She tells her grandparents and the authorities, but they all refuse to believe her.

Mascha cant let the abuse go on, so she takes matters into her own hands. Already an international award winner, this beautifully written novel is a haunting and timely tale.

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