Navigating Early

Navigating Early

Book - 2013
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385742092
0385742096
9780375990403
0375990402
Branch Call Number: j VANDERPOO 2013
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 22 cm

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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"-- Provided by publisher.

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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mayaeleazer
May 02, 2017

This is one of the best novels I ever read my children (then aged 9 and 7 years). It has a wonderful message, buried in a story of mystery, adventure, and coming-of-age.

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Tabaqui
Mar 16, 2017

Found this one recommended on one of my favorite blogs, and enjoyed it greatly! Early is wonderfully, mysteriously, eccentric, but it all makes sense when you read the epilogue. I would say this book is all about stories and family, loyalty and love, and finding who you are meant to be. Well and thoughtfully written, this book has an inherent beauty, but an underlying sadness that might be a little too much for the younger ones. For everyone else, what are you waiting for? This book is great!

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normaking
Feb 21, 2017

This book starts kind of slow, but hang in there. The author ties it all together with a bang you won't expect.

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blue_badger_1000
Jan 01, 2017

A great read! At first I thought that they where just pretending to go on this adventure, but these events have a huge impact on their lives. A fabulous book for 10-12 year olds and it keeps you wanting more, even after the epilogue ends.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jun 05, 2016

After Jack meets Early at a boarding school in Maine, he is intrigued by Early’s oddities. Over their fall break, the two set out rowing down a river. Early tells a long, ongoing narrative about a lost boy named Pi. It becomes clear to Jack that Early’s quest is really about his brother who went missing during WWII. The beginning parts of the novel seem like an entirely different part than the surreal adventure Early go on later in the book. The book is well-written, but there are times where it seems like it’s trying to be more profound than it actually is.

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

Interest level: ages 9-12. Jack is sent to boarding school after his mother’s death at the end of WWII, and it is here he meets a child savant named Early. The two embark on an epic adventure down the river where Early recounts an exciting saga based on the number Pi. A beautiful blend of historical fiction and personal journeys.

JCLAxelF Aug 03, 2015

This is a great read, though it is a pretty serious journey. It is not as light and cheery as the cover might make it seem, but it is still something I would recommend to anyone interested in an adventure tale.

JCLHelenH Feb 04, 2015

2014 Kansas Notable Book

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BookFan63
Nov 18, 2014

A wonderful story.

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daltenhofen
Oct 23, 2014

Recommended to me (an adult) by a 12-year-old relative of mine, this is quite possibly the best book I've read this decade. I can see why she recommended it to me. At times, my heart would pound in anticipation of what was happening. Other times, I grieved silently for the emotional trials of both of these boys, each abandoned in their own way. While probably not appealing to anyone under the age of eleven, I highly recommend it to the age 12-and-over crowd, both boys and girls, and to any adult as well. This is an outstanding piece of literature by a Kansas author.

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JCLChrisK Mar 11, 2014

"For crying out loud, Baker, what rock have you been living under? Oh, yeah, you're from Kansas." He said it as if Kansas were in some remote tribal region inhabited by illiterate natives like the ones in my National Geographic magazines.

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