Leaving Time is by Jodi Picoult. Thirteen-year-old Jenna Metcalf has been looking for her mother all her life. Her mother disappeared ten years earlier after an accident at the elephant sanctuary run by her parents that resulted in the death of an employee - who was trampled by an elephant. Jenna's father is institutionalized after suffering a mental breakdown the night of the tragedy, and Jenna has been living with her grandmother. Determined to learn the truth, Jenna seeks out a washed-up psychic and an alcoholic private detective and convinces them to help her discover what happened to her mother. A wonderful story interspersed with everything you never wanted to know about elephants. This book comes complete with Picoult's usual twist at the end.
Ratings: Adult - 8 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content) - V (violence).