Loading, please wait...

product description page

Navigating Early (Hardcover) by Clare Vanderpool

Navigating Early (Hardcover) by Clare Vanderpool - image 1 of 1

About this item

Conjoining the specter of loss with friendship and imagination, this compelling middle grade novel explores the lives of two very different boys in similar situations. It's the end of World War II, and 13-year-old Jack Baker has been sent from his Kansas home to boarding school in Maine after the death of his mother. Grieving and lonely, Jack befriends oddball Early Auden, a boy obsessed with both the number pi and discovering that his brother, Fisher, didn't actually die in the war. Early takes Jack on an outrageous, fascinating quest along the Appalachian Trail, where they meet a host of eccentrics that seem to have sprung directly from Early's story of pi. Clare Vanderpool is the author of MOON OVER MANIFEST, the 2011 Newbery Award winner.
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.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Historical / United States / 20th Century, Action + Adventure / General, Social Issues / New Experience
Format: Hardcover
Age Range: 9-12 years
Author: Clare Vanderpool
Language: English
Street Date: January 8, 2013
TCIN: 14337606
UPC: 9780385742092
Item Number (DPCI): 059-12-0664
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it. Report incorrect product info.
MSRPReg: $16.99 Save $5.00 (29% off)
In stock - free standard shipping with REDcard
Not in stores

Ratings & reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.

*See offer details. Restrictions apply. Pricing, promotions and availability may vary by location and at Target.com.