Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

"Elephants can sense danger."

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Abandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground, Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on, with only a small toy elephant for company.

Candlewick Press; 275 pages


Rachael said...

I absolutely LOVED this book. Jacobson did a marvelous job with Jack's emotional struggle and his desperate attempt to make it on his own. My favorite of all the books this year.

Anonymous said...

This may be a good book, but it was very hard for me to read as a parent. I was very frustrated by the mother and angry at the warped perception Jack had with the strangers he met.

Anonymous said...

This is an absorbing book and an accurate and compassionate portrayal of a family that struggles with mental illness. My heart went out to Jack, who tried so hard to do the "right" thing throughout his ordeal.

Anonymous said...

Very well written book. Thought Jack traveling on his own was a little unbelievable and that the Wyatt character was "strange." But, it is fiction. Anything can happen in fiction! I was happy with the resolution at the end. Overall, one of the best middle grade novels I've read this year.