Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool is not the author’s first book, or first book to win an award, or even the first book with ties to Kansas. If you pick this title up, I doubt it will be the first of this author you read too. Young Jack Baker has had quite a change in his life. World War II has just ended, and his Navy commander father is home from war. However, Jack’s mother has also just passed away, and Jack is sent from northeast Kansas to boarding school in rural Maine. Soon after arriving, Jack makes friends with Early Auden, the oddest boy at the school. Early is a whiz at math, and sees the number pi as a story. Early has also suffered loss as his older brother Fisher was killed at the beginning of the war. Finding themselves alone at the school, Early takes Jack on an adventure to find the legendary Great Appalachian Bear, and maybe his older brother, whom Early believes is still alive. Along the way the two discover more than they’re looking for, and while navigating the backwoods both find paths to answers for their own situations.
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Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool
ISBN: 9780385742092, 306 pages
Kansas Collection, fiction