Jack and his mom are camping in Acadia National Park–at least that’s what he thought they were doing. Except when he wakes up the next day, she’s gone. She doesn’t answer her cell phone and the local bartender says he saw her talking with a mariner about going to the Bahamas. Jack’s been alone before when she’s “spinning”, but this time is different. He’s in Maine, hours from home, and if he asks for help, someone is sure to call Social Services. So he sets off on his own with a small elephant in his pocket and a real elephant as his destination.
Jennifer Richard Jacobson begins each chapter with elephant quotes and seamlessly weaves Jack’s love of the majestic animal throughout the story. Her website offers advice to writing teachers and an activity page which includes maps of Jack’s Maine journey.