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Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Navigating Early

by Clare Vanderpool

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creative story of 2 very special friends and an adventure trip they took to find answers to questions about a bear, pirates, a lost brother, and pi. ( )
  SparklePonies | Mar 28, 2014 |
Now, THIS is "The Life of Pi" - or at least a STORY about Pi - the REAL Pi. I had a great time reading Vanderpool's charmingly imaginative book. It's listed as youth category - but don't let that stop you. A good thing about my eLibrary is that books aren't segregated to different sections of the library. I wouldn't be looking in the non-adult shelves. But how goofy to have just finished Martel's book (so that I could watch the movie)- and then, looking for something new in the elibrary, this was on the first row of "newly added" with an interesting cover. Didn't really notice the comment on "pi", thus the weirdness of having just finished one with the "title" and now one with "the story". Fascinating!
The character, Early, reminds of Christopher in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" - a little too loud and a little too literal - someone you simply have to love. ( )
  CasaBooks | Mar 14, 2014 |
Great chapter book for the older grades, and is great for kids with learning to be a good friend.
  Shelby08 | Feb 20, 2014 |
By the time I finished this book I realized it reminded me so much of Holes by Louis Sachar. Two boys, hardships, parallel stories, and reunions are some of the features they have in common. However, there is no playfulness in this story.

Jack Baker comes to the Morton Hill Academy for Boys after his mother dies. Since his father, a Navy captain, has to return to sea, so Jackie is brought here instead of other family. He meets Early Auden, a strange boy who doesn't attend many classes and lives in custodian rooms in the basement.

During a break from school the two boys back up a few supplies and steal a scull from the boathouse to explore up the Kennebec River. Along the way, Early relates stories about a boy named Pi and shows an unusual way of understanding the irrational number, pi. Oddly enough, some of the events in the stories parallel what they encounter on their trip and Jackie and the reader are curious how this can be.

This story started off a little slow but gathered momentum with the rowing. The reader becomes invested in their story and safety along the way. ( )
  mamzel | Feb 16, 2014 |
The new book by Newbery winner Vanderpool. Wonderful, amazing storytelling. A motherless boy and his new autistic savant friend set off on the Appalachian Trail. Just like the books in Gunnar Skoglund's library (Gunnar is one of the characters they meet), Vanderpool dishes up "tales of valor, love, sacrifice, and mystery" (and how funny that Gunnar shelves his medical book to help him stitch up our narrator next to Frankenstein!) Adults should read this book also and read it to your favorite middle-grader.
  twopairsofglasses | Feb 16, 2014 |
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At the end of World War II, Jack Baker, a landlocked Kansas boy, is suddenly uprooted after his mother's death and placed in a boy's boarding school in Maine. There, Jack encounters Early Auden, the strangest of boys, who reads the number pi as a story and collects clippings about the sightings of a great black bear in the nearby mountains. Newcomer Jack feels lost yet can't help being drawn to Early, who won't believe what everyone accepts to be the truth about the Great Appalachian Bear, Timber Rattlesnakes, and the legendary school hero known as The Fish, who never returned from the war. When the boys find themselves unexpectedly alone at school, they embark on a quest on the Appalachian Trail in search of the great black bear. But what they are searching for is sometimes different from what they find. They will meet truly strange characters, each of whom figures into the pi story Early weaves as they travel, while discovering things they never realized about themselves and others in their lives.

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"Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters"--

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