Small as an Elephant
Small as an Elephant
Small as an Elephant
Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Top Choice
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?(Ages 10-14)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.

Book Details


  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
Profile Picture

All Jack ever wanted was a nice, peaceful camping trip and some time off from school.  What he got was anything but that.  Sure, he arrived at the campsite with his mom.  Yes, he was on spring vacation.  Sure, they set up camp and went to sleep without any problems.  But come morning, everything went wrong:  Jack woke up alone.  His mother abandoned him.  Jack can’t go to the authorities - he can’t explain why his mother ran off.  That would raise too many questions.  His mother’s done this before.  She’ll be bac

Profile Picture

This is a story about a twelve year old boy named Jack. It takes place in a Campground called Seawall Campground on Mount Desert Island in Maine. When Jack’s mom has one of her spinning moments, Jack gets left behind at the campground with only his souvenir money. 

He has many difficult, exciting adventures and learns many lessons. It is an exciting adventure you will never forget. As you go deeper into the story you don’t want to stop. Jack goes from being comfortable to being scared out of his wits whenever he sees somebody.

To add your comments, login above or request a LitPick membership.
Reviewers improve reading & writing
Authors get reviews, videos, social media, & more
Find great books and start book clubs too!