Navigating Early

Navigating Early

by Clare Vanderpool
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Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

“Just the sort of book that saves lives by igniting a passion for reading.” —James Patterson
“Reminiscent of Huckleberry Finn.” —The Wall Street Journal

A Michael L. Printz Honor Winner

From the author of Newbery Medal winner Moon Over Manifest comes the odyssey-like adventure of two boys’ incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail.
When Jack Baker’s father sends him from his home in Kansas to attend a boys’ boarding school in Maine, Jack doesn’t know what to expect. Certainly not Early Auden, the strangest of boys. Early keeps to himself, reads the number pi as a story, and refuses to accept truths others take for granted. Jack, feeling lonely and out of place, connects with Early, and the two become friends.
During a break from school, the boys set out for the Appalachian Trail on a quest for a great black bear. As Jack and Early travel deeper into the mountains, they meet peculiar and dangerous characters, and they make some shocking discoveries. But their adventure is only just beginning. Will Jack’s and Early’s friendship last the journey? Can the boys make it home alive?
An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
An ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book
A New York Times Editor’s Choice
A New York Times Bestseller
An Indie Pick
A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choice Selection
A BookPage Best Children’s Book
A Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection
A Notable Children's Book in Language Arts Book
A Down East Magazine Best of Maine Book
A North Carolina Young Adult Book Award Master List Selection
An Iowa Children's Choice Award Finalist

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307974129
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 191,695
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

CLARE VANDERPOOL's debut novel, Moon Over Manifest, won the 2011 Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature. This second novel will continue to astound readers with Clare's incredible writing prowess.

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Navigating Early 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Pearlpledge More than 1 year ago
Reminiscent of adult novels by Yann Martel and Alice Hoffman (Life of Pi, The Red Garden), Newberry Medal-winning author Clare Vanderpool employs the mythic metaphors of Boat and Bear with a grace all her own. in this new coming-of-age tale for middle school readers set just after WWII. When 13-year-old Jack Baker’s distant Naval Officer father dumps him at Morton Hill Academy for Boys following his mother’s death, Jack’s only real solace must be found in his decidedly-odd fellow eighth grader, Early Auden. Thoroughly disoriented by his move from the plains of Kansas to the coast of Maine, Jack accepts Early’s offer of friendship. Surprises abound as the boys explore the mysteries of competitive Crew, Billie Holiday, frontier mathematics and what really lurks in the forest. This is a satisfying read with profound meaning that never comes on too strong; highly recommended for Grades 5 through 10, especially for students dealing with parent loss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy middle grade novels (10+ ages) you will love this gem. Historical, adventure, and heart--it has it all. If you liked Ms. Vanderpool's first novel or books like HOLES (with a story within a story) this will be a perfect fit for you or your young reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this beautiful book. Will definitely use for Kids book club aged 12-15. It is an odd book but really beautiful and I loved the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read for everyone! Its the best book ive read in a long time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SOOOOO AAWWEESSOOMMEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
84070 More than 1 year ago
I chosen this book because it looked interesting. I think it would be about 2 boys. No it was about  girl life story. Clare decided she wanted to be a writer in fifth grade and at age 45 her first book was published. (Fiction)  I like this book because it tells you that your dreams can come true and to never give up on  your dreams. Because someday your dream is gonna be true. This book is  very inspiration. I think kids to 10+  year old can read this book. It's about a girl and she had a dream about being a writer then she gruaduated and then she became a writer and published her first book at age 45
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best. It has such a gripping plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So intreeging;)
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I've read Clare Vanderpool's Moon over Manifest and totally loved it!!!!!! I really want to read this book! Sounds soooo good!
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This is such a good book
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It conatains two spoilers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend lend me this booand i thought that it was amazing. Such a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Odd read but ok.