by Roland Smith
Jacob Lansa is about to go on the adventure of a lifetime. His mom passes away and his stepfather wants to ship him off to relatives he hardly knows. Jacob decides to find his father in Africa where he is studying elephants.
Jacob, who is half Hopi and all New Yorker, figures out how to get himself to Africa, but then has to find his father in the wild where a drought has decimated the area. Jacob has to navigate the language barrier, the poachers, and the country which is nothing like what he is used to.
Very exciting. Also gives kids a lesson in some of the problems with stopping the poaching of endangered species. For older Middle Grade readers and younger YA because of language and scenarios.
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