My Operation Story Share recommendation for this week may have the word “small” in the title, but Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson is not a small story. It is a great big story that grabs you from the first paragraph and doesn’t stop.
Elephants can sense danger. They’re able to detect an approaching tsunami or earthquake before it hits. Unfortunately, Jack did not have this talent. The day his life was turned completely upside down, he was caught unaware.
See what I mean? Poor Jack! My alter ego, Snickers, came to Cindy from the pound, so I know how it feels to be abandoned. That’s why I nearly nibbled my claws down to little nubs worrying about Jack. Here’s a summary of the story:
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 Social Services 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.
If you want a story that you can’t put down because you care so much about the characters, then Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson is the book for you. And if you find yourself staying up WAY past your bedtime to finish this book—don’t say I didn’t warn you!