Posted in 2013-2014 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Navigating Early, by Clare Vanderpool

Navigating EarlySummary:  Odyssey-like adventure of two boys’ incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.

Delacourte Press

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4 thoughts on “Navigating Early, by Clare Vanderpool

  1. The book blew away my mind. At the end, I really wanted the book to go on. I usually don’t feel that way about many books. The plot, the setting and everything else snapped into place. You knew the characters and what to expect from them. I can’t recall anything that I didn’t like (except that it ended). So, if this book doesn’t have a chance of becoming a Newbery, I don’t know what would. I love this book and would recommend it to everyone. This is so far my favorite. A book would have to be pretty good to top this. Definitely a Newbery possibility.

  2. This book was intriguing. In the beginning, I had no idea what to expect from Early, but as the book went on, I understood him, at least as much as one can understand him. I felt really connected to the characters, even the more minor ones, and I felt sympathy for them. The setting wasn’t as important as in some other books, but I still knew what the surroundings were. This book was set in the mid-1900s, just after World War II ended. I felt like it was pretty historically accurate. The plot was unusual and touching. Early is looking for his brother Fisher, who was lost in the war, and is also telling the story of Pi. He believes that as long as Pi does not die in the story, his brother will stay alive, too. This is one of my favorite books so far, and I think it definitely has a chance of becoming the Mock Newbery winner.

  3. I think that this book was very descriptive and had a lot of good times. Jack came to start to like early and try to understand early throughout the book and I really liked how the author did that. I think early was an interesting kid and that he made a good part of the story. I think Navigating early could be one of the winners of the newbery award.

  4. From Krista: With all the different parts of this book, it is remarkable how it all fits together and makes sense at the same time. The major theme is being lost and trying to get found. Every part of this book works toward creating this important well-thought-out theme. The characters, now, they were truly a work. Surprisingly I connected better with Early than with Jack. The writing style was quickly moving (after the beginning of the book) and very climatic. Although complicated, I think that many people would enjoy this book and its exciting plot.

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