Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

After his mother's death Jack has to go to a boarding school in Maine while his military father is deployed.  Already struggling with the changes, Jack finds himself even more out of place with the school sport of rowing crew.  He receives some help from Early, a boy who chooses to live in the boiler room and concocts a story based on the numbers in Pi.  Early and Jack become friends and find themselves the only two at school on a break.  Early sets off on a quest to follow the story of Pi and to find his brother who everyone believes was killed in the war.  Jack goes along on the quest and the two boys encounter bears, pirates and more.  This is an unusual book definitely meant for advanced readers who can appreciate a little magical realism.