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Navigating Early (edition 2013)

by Clare Vanderpool

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Title:Navigating Early
Authors:Clare Vanderpool
Info:Delacorte Books for Young Readers (2013), Hardcover, 320 pages
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I recommend this book for people interested in the emotional life of kids growing up in the U. S. during World War II. The story is about relationships and a series of brave choices made by the two main characters who are young teenage boys at a boarding school. One mourns his mother's recent death and waits for his father to return from the war. The other boy, Early, is an orphan who searches for his older brother, a solider. Both have a hard time trusting each other and adults. The chapters of the story alternate with a story Early tells about a hero who is lost. The author's endnotes are very detailed and reveal that Early's character was crafted to have attributes of a person on the autism spectrum. ( )
  SparklePonies | Apr 27, 2014 |
You have to look for the things that connect us all. Find the ways our paths cross, our lives intersect, and our hearts collide.

This is a rich, complex, and extremely fine-crafted novel for the middle grade reader. That being the case, it might not be accessible to all listeners: there is simply so much to take in and, ultimately, readers need to suspend disbelief and simply allow Vanderpool to take them on this seemingly impossible adventure.

It truly begs to be read aloud. Math teachers, in particular, will want to pick this one up. The story of Pi will bring to life that irrational number that equally fascinates and confounds. ( )
  Mad.River.Librarian | Apr 23, 2014 |
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 |
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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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