Track down bear, bad guys in Navigating Early


Navigating Early

by Clare Vanderpool

Jack Baker’s mother has died and his soldier father is back from the war but not sure what to do with him. Jack’s dad takes him away from all he knows in the Midwest and sends him to boarding school in the East to be close to where dad is stationed.

Jack is not sure what to expect but certainly not Early Auden. Early attends class when he wants, has music that can only be played on certain days, and reads pi as if it’s a story. Jack finds himself gravitating to Early. Through Early he feels he hears the voice of his mother, occasionally.

So during on break, Jack follows Early on a trip to the mountains to track down a legendary bear. They find themselves on something more dangerous than a hunting trip and there are things more hazardous than a bear. Along the way the boys test themselves and their friendship.

Well-written story. Seems like a cross between Freak the Mighty and Prayer for Owen Meany for kids.

#encouragereading, #kidsread, #kidlit, #raisingreaders


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