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Navigating Early
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Gr 5-8-When his mother unexpectedly passes away and his father returns from serving in World War II, Jack Baker's life is turned upside down. He's moved from his home in Kansas to a boy's boarding school in Maine. He meets a unique boy named Early Auden who has an obsession with pi, seeing an unending story in the mathematically significant number. Caught up in their own sorrows, the boys take a chance during a school break to head off on a quest along the Appalachian Trail. Early's telling of the pi story seems to oddly mirror the strange characters and happenings that the boys encounter in their journey. This is a journey of loss, discovery, and deep-rooted friendship and love. Robbie Daymond, the primary reader of Vanderpool's tale (Delacorte, 2013), does an excellent job of capturing the mood of the story-whether it is the youthful joy of two young boys on an adventure or the sombre moments of facing real heartache. His pacing and volume are spot-on throughout the telling, keeping listeners fully engaged. When the story transitions to that of young Pi, Mark Bramhall takes over the narration. The first time this occurs it is a little jarring as listeners move from the mesmerising voice of Daymond to Bramhall's bold theatrical tones. After the first transition, however, listeners will know what to expect and will appreciate the clear distinction between the boy's story and the mythical tale of Pi. Cassandra Campbell narrates a brief but interesting segment at the end of the presentation informing listeners which parts of the story are fact and which are fiction. A winner, especially for older middle schoolers.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library.UTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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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"Just the sort of book that saves lives by igniting a passion for reading." -James Patterson The Washington Post, January 1, 2013: "Clare Vanderpool deftly rows this complex, inventive novel -- her most recent since her Newbery-winning 'Moon Over Manifest' -- to a tender, surprising and wholly satisfying ending." The Wall Street Journal, January 18, 2013: "An emotionally believable and moving work of magical realism." The Boston Globe, June 22, 2013 "A beautifully written adventure." The New York Times, January 13, 2013: "The hallmark of 'Navigating Early' is abundant adventure...The friendship between Jackie and Early and the Morton Hill Academy episodes overall have the flavor of Wes Anderson's delightful summer camp movie, 'Moonrise Kingdom.'" Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2013: "Readers will find themselves richly rewarded by this satisfying tale." Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, November 19, 2012: "This multilayered, intricately plotted story has a kaleidoscopic effect, blurring the lines between reality and imagination, coincidence and fate." Starred Review, Booklist, December 15, 2012: "Newbery Medal-winning author Vanderpool's sharp, honest narrative, sparkling with the stars of the night sky, pieces together an elaborate, layered plot with precision, weaving multiple threads into a careful, tidy conclusion perfectly suited for those, like Jack and Early, who want to believe." Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2012: ""Returning to themes she explored so affectingly in Moon Over Manifest, Newbery Medalist Vanderpool delivers another winning picaresque about memories, personal journeys, interconnectedness--and the power of stories." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, February 2013: "This story of a poignant friendship of two heartbroken boys shifts quickly among genres...moving into territory more often claimed by high fantasy quests, heroic epics, wilderness adventures, and even mysteries. The incorporation of these familiar tropes give the book broad and fascinating appeal, and those that trust Early--and Vanderpool--to lead them through the treacherous woods will be pondering and debating the surreal experience for some time to come." The Horn Book, March/April 2013: "While the writing is as minutely observant as it was in the author's Newbery-winning debut, Moon over Manifest, this book has a stronger trajectory, developed by the classic quest structure that emerges when Vanderpool sends the boys into the Maine wilderness." From the Hardcover edition. -Just the sort of book that saves lives by igniting a passion for reading.- -James Patterson The Washington Post, January 1, 2013: -Clare Vanderpool deftly rows this complex, inventive novel -- her most recent since her Newbery-winning 'Moon Over Manifest' -- to a tender, surprising and wholly satisfying ending.- The Wall Street Journal, January 18, 2013: -An emotionally believable and moving work of magical realism.- The Boston Globe, June 22, 2013 -A beautifully written adventure.- The New York Times, January 13, 2013: -The hallmark of 'Navigating Early' is abundant adventure...The friendship between Jackie and Early and the Morton Hill Academy episodes overall have the flavor of Wes Anderson's delightful summer camp movie, 'Moonrise Kingdom.'- Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2013: -Readers will find themselves richly rewarded by this satisfying tale.- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, November 19, 2012: -This multilayered, intricately plotted story has a kaleidoscopic effect, blurring the lines between reality and imagination, coincidence and fate.- Starred Review, Booklist, December 15, 2012: -Newbery Medal-winning author Vanderpool's sharp, honest narrative, sparkling with the stars of the night sky, pieces together an elaborate, layered plot with precision, weaving multiple threads into a careful, tidy conclusion perfectly suited for those, like Jack and Early, who want to believe.- Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2012: --Returning to themes she explored so affectingly in Moon Over Manifest, Newbery Medalist Vanderpool delivers another winning picaresque about memories, personal journeys, interconnectedness--and the power of stories.- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, February 2013: -This story of a poignant friendship of two heartbroken boys shifts quickly among genres...moving into territory more often claimed by high fantasy quests, heroic epics, wilderness adventures, and even mysteries. The incorporation of these familiar tropes give the book broad and fascinating appeal, and those that trust Early--and Vanderpool--to lead them through the treacherous woods will be pondering and debating the surreal experience for some time to come.- The Horn Book, March/April 2013: -While the writing is as minutely observant as it was in the author's Newbery-winning debut, Moon over Manifest, this book has a stronger trajectory, developed by the classic quest structure that emerges when Vanderpool sends the boys into the Maine wilderness.- From the Hardcover edition. Just the sort of book that saves lives by igniting a passion for reading. James Patterson The Washington Post, January 1, 2013: "Clare Vanderpool deftly rows this complex, inventive novel her most recent since her Newbery-winning 'Moon Over Manifest' to a tender, surprising and wholly satisfying ending." The Wall Street Journal, January 18, 2013: "An emotionally believable and moving work of magical realism." The Boston Globe, June 22, 2013 "A beautifully written adventure." The New York Times, January 13, 2013: "The hallmark of 'Navigating Early' is abundant adventure...The friendship between Jackie and Early and the Morton Hill Academy episodes overall have the flavor of Wes Anderson's delightful summer camp movie, 'Moonrise Kingdom.'" Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2013: Readers will find themselves richly rewarded by this satisfying tale. Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, November 19, 2012: This multilayered, intricately plotted story has a kaleidoscopic effect, blurring the lines between reality and imagination, coincidence and fate. Starred Review, Booklist, December 15, 2012: Newbery Medal-winning author Vanderpool s sharp, honest narrative, sparkling with the stars of the night sky, pieces together an elaborate, layered plot with precision, weaving multiple threads into a careful, tidy conclusion perfectly suited for those, like Jack and Early, who want to believe. Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2012: Returning to themes she explored so affectingly in "Moon Over Manifest," Newbery Medalist Vanderpool delivers another winning picaresque about memories, personal journeys, interconnectedness and the power of stories. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, February 2013: "This story of a poignant friendship of two heartbroken boys shifts quickly among genres...moving into territory more often claimed by high fantasy quests, heroic epics, wilderness adventures, and even mysteries. The incorporation of these familiar tropes give the book broad and fascinating appeal, and those that trust Early and Vanderpool to lead them through the treacherous woods will be pondering and debating the surreal experience for some time to come." The Horn Book, March/April 2013: "While the writing is as minutely observant as it was in the author s Newbery-winning debut, "Moon over Manifest," this book has a stronger trajectory, developed by the classic quest structure that emerges when Vanderpool sends the boys into the Maine wilderness." "From the Hardcover edition."" "Just the sort of book that saves lives by igniting a passion for reading." -James Patterson The Washington Post, January 1, 2013: "Clare Vanderpool deftly rows this complex, inventive novel -- her most recent since her Newbery-winning 'Moon Over Manifest' -- to a tender, surprising and wholly satisfying ending." The Wall Street Journal, January 18, 2013: "An emotionally believable and moving work of magical realism." The Boston Globe, June 22, 2013 "A beautifully written adventure." The New York Times, January 13, 2013: "The hallmark of 'Navigating Early' is abundant adventure...The friendship between Jackie and Early and the Morton Hill Academy episodes overall have the flavor of Wes Anderson's delightful summer camp movie, 'Moonrise Kingdom.'" Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2013: "Readers will find themselves richly rewarded by this satisfying tale." Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, November 19, 2012: "This multilayered, intricately plotted story has a kaleidoscopic effect, blurring the lines between reality and imagination, coincidence and fate." Starred Review, Booklist, December 15, 2012: "Newbery Medal-winning author Vanderpool's sharp, honest narrative, sparkling with the stars of the night sky, pieces together an elaborate, layered plot with precision, weaving multiple threads into a careful, tidy conclusion perfectly suited for those, like Jack and Early, who want to believe." Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2012: ""Returning to themes she explored so affectingly in "Moon Over Manifest," Newbery Medalist Vanderpool delivers another winning picaresque about memories, personal journeys, interconnectedness--and the power of stories." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, February 2013: "This story of a poignant friendship of two heartbroken boys shifts quickly among genres...moving into territory more often claimed by high fantasy quests, heroic epics, wilderness adventures, and even mysteries. The incorporation of these familiar tropes give the book broad and fascinating appeal, and those that trust Early--and Vanderpool--to lead them through the treacherous woods will be pondering and debating the surreal experience for some time to come." The Horn Book, March/April 2013: "While the writing is as minutely observant as it was in the author's Newbery-winning debut, "Moon over Manifest," this book has a stronger trajectory, developed by the classic quest structure that emerges when Vanderpool sends the boys into the Maine wilderness." "From the Hardcover edition." The Washington Post, January 1, 2013: "Clare Vanderpool deftly rows this complex, inventive novel -- her most recent since her Newbery-winning 'Moon Over Manifest' -- to a tender, surprising and wholly satisfying ending." The Wall Street Journal, January 18, 2013: "An emotionally believable and moving work of magical realism." The Boston Globe, June 22, 2013 "A beautifully written adventure." The New York Times, January 13, 2013: "The hallmark of 'Navigating Early' is abundant adventure...The friendship between Jackie and Early and the Morton Hill Academy episodes overall have the flavor of Wes Anderson's delightful summer camp movie, 'Moonrise Kingdom.'" Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2013: "Readers will find themselves richly rewarded by this satisfying tale." Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, November 19, 2012: "This multilayered, intricately plotted story has a kaleidoscopic effect, blurring the lines between reality and imagination, coincidence and fate." Starred Review, Booklist, December 15, 2012: "Newbery Medal-winning author Vanderpool's sharp, honest narrative, sparkling with the stars of the night sky, pieces together an elaborate, layered plot with precision, weaving multiple threads into a careful, tidy conclusion perfectly suited for those, like Jack and Early, who want to believe." Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2012: ""Returning to themes she explored so affectingly in "Moon Over Manifest," Newbery Medalist Vanderpool delivers another winning picaresque about memories, personal journeys, interconnectedness--and the power of stories." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, February 2013: "This story of a poignant friendship of two heartbroken boys shifts quickly among genres...moving into territory more often claimed by high fantasy quests, heroic epics, wilderness adventures, and even mysteries. The incorporation of thes

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