Navigating Early

by Clare Vanderpool

Navigating Early

Hardcover, 306 pages, Random House Childrens Books, List Price: $16.99 | purchase

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Abruptly placed in a boy's boarding school in Maine after his mother's death at the end of World War II, Kansas youth Jack Baker befriends Early Auden, an unusual boy with whom Jack embarks on a quest along the Appalachian Trail in search of a legendary great black bear. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of Moon Over Manifest.

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Journeys and adventures abound in Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool. Jack Baker finds himself in a military boarding school at the end of World War II after his mother dies. He meets a most unusual boy named Early, who appears and disappears at will, sitting in on classes when he feels like it, and obsessing over math, snakes, bears and his dead brother. There's the physical journey of two boys taking on the Appalachian Trail, a folkloric exploration of the number pi — and the

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