01. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson, 275 pages, read by Angie, on 01/31/2013

Eleven year old Jack wakes up and realizes his mother is gone. They are on a camping vacation in Maine, far from Jamaica Plain Boston. Jack assumes his mom will return soon so he just makes do and keeps the fact that he is alone hidden. When his mom starts “spinning” she sometimes goes off, but she always returns. After several days he realizes that she is not coming back and he decides to try and make his way back to Massachusetts. He is alone, broke and scared. Soon everyone is looking for the missing boy, but Jack doesn’t want to be found. He doesn’t want to be taken away from his mom.

I couldn’t put this book down. I was immediately drawn into Jack’s story and his journey. I thought it was a really interesting look at how a child has to deal with a sick parent. His mom is clearly bipolar. I thought it was interesting how his mom and made him believe that his grandma was evil and trying to steal him when really she just wanted him to be safe. I thought Jack was really inventive in how he survived. He really didn’t have any qualms about the things he had to do to survive, but he was always very honorable in his actions. I truly loved the ending and thought it fit the book perfectly.

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