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3.00283294842186 out of 53.00283294842186 out of 53.00283294842186 out of 53.00283294842186 out of 53.00283294842186 out of 5 3.00 (1,299 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Richard Jacobson Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781455803392
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When eleven-year-old Jack Martel crawls out of his pup tent on the first morning of his camping trip with his mom in Acadia National Park, he notices right away that something isn’t right. Where is his mom’s tent, and their rental car? And where is his mom? Any other kid might panic, might even go to the police. But Jack isn’t like other kids. And his mom isn’t like other moms. Jack knows that it’s up to him to find his mom before someone figures out what’s happened and separates them forever. But finding his mom in the state of Maine isn’t the same as finding her in their neighborhood back in Boston. With nothing but a small plastic elephant to keep him company, Jack begins his search, starting with all the places they’d planned to visit together. But as the search drags on, a dark thought plagues him: once he finds his mom, will he ever be able to forgive her? Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kammy | 2/17/2014

    " I thought the writing was great, I enjoyed the elephant imagery and facts, and it is definetly suspenseful. It's hard as a mother to read an account, even if it's fictional, of an 11-year-old alone and lost. If you can get past wanting to scream "ask for help!", you'll like this story. I would say kids aged 10-15 would especially enjoy this adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/16/2014

    " Compelling read. I yearned for Jack to succeed. In the end was satisfied with the ending I did not expect. Bravo! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby Jenkins | 1/28/2014

    " I definitily loved this book. It took me on adventures through an eleven year old's eyes.Emotional and awakening for Jack, a boy struggling from his mother's inconvenient "spinning" times. To me she sounds like she has OCD or some disorder/disability. But, a wonderful somewhat quick read. LOVED IT. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/23/2014

    " I loved this book. Jack is abandoned by his mother who is bipolar while on a camping trip in Maine. He is determined to travel home without exposing that he is alone, a mere child of 11 left to fend for himself. He fears going to the authorities will mean his mother will be sent to jail. This book has a lot of action and lots of voice. The ending is precious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 1/13/2014

    " This book struck a chord with me. There are so many adults struggling with parenthood and mental illness. Yes, Jack's mother wasn't perfect but she tried her utmost to ensure that Jack didn't suffer. And Jack tried his best to help keep their small family together. The novel makes us question, when should the 'state' become involved? And how much? Doing what? I admire the author for not trying to answer these questions, but just for raising them. Would be an excellent novel for discussing in a high school english class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/12/2014

    " Jack is an amazingly tough yet tender-hearted little boy. He knows his mother is not "normal" but he feels he has to keep their secrets so they can stay together. I won't be a bit surprised to see this on the Newbery lists next year. It has several elements that seem to reappear in many winning titles, the family troubles, the independent child testing his survival skills, and some brief but powerful encounters with secondary characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luanne Phair | 1/5/2014

    " As a teacher, I read a lot of young adult fiction. This Maine story will steal your heart! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Rosenberg | 12/13/2013

    " The descriptions of the boy's emotionally reactions to his mother's mental illness felt spot-on, the drawn out not getting found was w/o effect imho. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 12/8/2013

    " Beautifully written book for kids in grade 5 & 6. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindi | 11/4/2013

    " This is a must read! The story of Jack, abandoned by his mother in a campground in Maine is a compelling, sad, but ultimately uplifting one. I can't wait to use this one as a read-aloud next year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Singleterry | 8/25/2013

    " This book is AMAZING! A must read, especially for parents or people who work with kids. It is a quick read, only took me 3 days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Coley | 7/8/2013

    " Interesting book about a boy who wakes up to find his mother has left him...at a campground in Maine. It is a sweet book and think it would be an interesting class novel. I'm interested to see what my kids will think of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 5/21/2013

    " Maine Lupine Award winner 2012. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Lepore | 3/28/2013

    " Enjoyable, but unfortunate that the author felt the need to add what Jack learned. The reader should be able to figure that out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Kirby Vallejo | 4/16/2012

    " I thought this was pretty good. I felt bad for Jack; he's the same age as Amya and I tried to imagine what it would be like for her to have to experience what he went through...pretty sad. But I think things will work out for him in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Trlak-Donahue | 3/7/2012

    " You kind of had to suspend belief a bit to believe this boy could manage for so long on his own or that his grandma wouldn't have intervened earlier in his life. But, that said, it is a touching story and engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Jo | 8/27/2011

    " Heart-warming and heart-wrenching book! Wished I had a box of kleenex at my side as I read it. The author had me cheering for Jack the whole time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeani | 6/17/2011

    " This wasn't great, but it was good. I went into it thinking it was a young kids book, but I don't think I would recommend it to my 9 year old. Good story though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 5/11/2011

    " This was a lovely story about a boy and his mentally ill mother. It is about love and knowing you are never alone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 4/29/2011

    " I loved this book. It takes place in ME and made me both laugh and cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 4/23/2011

    " A beautifully written, moving, spirited story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JuJu W. | 4/20/2011

    " This is a great book so far! What do you guys think? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 4/5/2011

    " This was a really well written book. It was all from the perspective of an 11 year old boy who lives through what I suppose is one of this mother's manic episodes. It will pull at the heart of any reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 3/31/2011

    " The tone created by Jacobson is excellent. It rotates from harrowing, dark, scary, happy, funny and adventurous. Few children's books I've read showed the ability to deal with mental illness and the struggle it presents for those involved. This is one of the rare few that handled it excellently. "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Jennifer Richard Jacobson is the author of several books for children and young adult readers, including the Andy Shane early chapter books. She lives in Cumberland, Maine.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.