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A brilliant, boundary-leaping debut novel tracing twelve-year-old genius map maker T.S.Spivet's attempts to understand the ways of the world

When twelve-year-old genius cartographer T.S. Spivet receives an unexpected phone call from the Smithsonian announcing he has won the prestigious Baird Award, life as normal-if you consider mapping family dinner table conversation normal-is interrupted and a wild cross-country adventure begins, taking T.S. from his family ranch just north of Divide, Montana, to the museum's hallowed halls.

T.S. sets out alone, leaving before dawn with a plan to hop a freight train and hobo east. Once aboard, his adventures step into high gear and he meticulously maps, charts, and illustrates his exploits, documenting mythical wormholes in the Midwest, the urban phenomenon of rims, and the pleasures of McDonald's, among other things. We come to see the world through T.S.'s eyes and in his thorough investigation of the outside world he also reveals himself.

As he travels away from the ranch and his family we learn how the journey also brings him closer to home. A secret family history found within his luggage tells the story of T.S.'s ancestors and their long-ago passage west, offering profound insight into the family he left behind and his role within it. As T.S. reads he discovers the sometimes shadowy boundary between fact and fiction and realizes that, for all his analytical rigor, the world around him is a mystery.

All that he has learned is tested when he arrives at the capital to claim his prize and is welcomed into science's inner circle. For all its shine, fame seems more highly valued than ideas in this new world and friends are hard to find.

T.S.'s trip begins at the Copper Top Ranch and the last known place he stands is Washington, D.C., but his journey's movement is far harder to track: How do you map the delicate lessons learned about family and self? How do you depict how it feels to first venture out on your own? Is there a definitive way to communicate the ebbs and tides of heartbreak, loss, loneliness, love? These are the questions that strike at the core of this very special debut.

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This brilliant, boundary-leaping debut novel traces 12-year-old genius map-maker T.S. Spivet's attempts to understand the ways of the world.

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Discover The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet for iPad.

A boundary-leaping debut tracing a gifted young map maker’s attempt to understand the ways of the world

When twelve-year-old genius cartographer T. S. Spivet receives an unexpected phone call from the Smithsonian announcing he has won the prestigious Baird Award, life as normal—if you consider mapping dinner table conversations normal—is interrupted and a wild cross-country adventure begins, taking T. S. from his family home just north of Divide, Montana, to the museum’s hallowed halls.

There are some answers here on the road from Divide and some new questions, too. How does one map the delicate lessons learned about family or communicate the ebbs and flows of heartbreak, loneliness, and love?

About the Author

Reif Larson studied at Brown University and has taught at Columbia University, where he received his MFA in fiction. He is also a filmmaker and has made documentaries in the United States, the United Kingdom, and sub-Saharan Africa. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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maui-boy, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by maui-boy)
Notes, drawings, diversions on almost every page -- a strange family, guilty secrets -- a good read that I doubt would be as enjoyable as an eBook as it is in print.
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Leigh Ann Lipscomb, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Leigh Ann Lipscomb)
This book is fantastic! So creative, humorous and warm... A heartwarming story of a boy on his journey to adulthood, and Washington, D.C. His amazing mapmaking skills, and delightful perspective, keep the reader entertained at every step. The characters are deep and teach us so much about the human experience, yet the story is light, funny, and sure to please. I turned the pages faster and faster as I went through.
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Bev Melven, March 27, 2011 (view all comments by Bev Melven)
This book was fantastic. I love that it has pictures, drawings, scribbling in the margins, and various other things that a real journal would have. It's the 'journal' of a young boy with an obsession for maps, using them to try and make sense of the world around him. The writing is top-notch and the story never slows. Read it, you won't be sorry
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143117353
Author:
Larsen, Reif
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 7.52 x 1.11 in 1.44 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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"Synopsis" by , This brilliant, boundary-leaping debut novel traces 12-year-old genius map-maker T.S. Spivet's attempts to understand the ways of the world.
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Discover The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet for iPad.

A boundary-leaping debut tracing a gifted young map maker’s attempt to understand the ways of the world

When twelve-year-old genius cartographer T. S. Spivet receives an unexpected phone call from the Smithsonian announcing he has won the prestigious Baird Award, life as normal—if you consider mapping dinner table conversations normal—is interrupted and a wild cross-country adventure begins, taking T. S. from his family home just north of Divide, Montana, to the museum’s hallowed halls.

There are some answers here on the road from Divide and some new questions, too. How does one map the delicate lessons learned about family or communicate the ebbs and flows of heartbreak, loneliness, and love?

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