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Publisher Comments:

“Just the sort of book that saves lives by igniting a passion for reading.” –James Patterson

A Michael L. Printz Honor Winner

An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection

An ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book

New York Times Best Seller Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool, Newbery Gold Medalist for Moon Over Manifest, is an odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.

At the end of World War II, Jack Baker, a landlocked Kansas boy, is suddenly uprooted after his mother's death and placed in a boy's boarding school in Maine. There, Jack encounters Early Auden, the strangest of boys, who reads the number pi as a story and collects clippings about the sightings of a great black bear in the nearby mountains. Newcomer Jack feels lost yet can't help being drawn to Early, who won't believe what everyone accepts to be the truth about the Great Appalachian Bear, Timber Rattlesnakes, and the legendary school hero known as The Fish, who never returned from the war. When the boys find themselves unexpectedly alone at school, they embark on a quest on the Appalachian Trail in search of the great black bear. But what they are searching for is sometimes different from what they find. They will meet truly strange characters, each of whom figures into the pi story Early weaves as they travel, while discovering things they never realized about themselves and others in their lives.

New York Times Editor’s Choice

A New York Times Middle Grade Bestseller

An Indie Pick 

A Bankstreet Best Book of the Year 

A School Library Journal Best Books 2013

A Kirkus Best Book

A Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choice Selection

A BookPage Best Children's Book

A Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection

Review:

"'You have to look for the things that connect us all. Find the ways our paths cross, our lives intersect, and our hearts collide,' Jack's mother told him before she died. Her words will come to have special meaning for readers spellbound by this atmospheric novel set at the end of WWII from Newbery Medalist Vanderpool (Moon over Manifest). After his mother is buried, 13-year-old Jack — a clear-eyed narrator with a great sense of humor, despite his recent heartbreak — is sent to a Maine boarding school, where he meets an eccentric student named Early Auden, who might today be labeled autistic. Early is obsessed with the number pi and believes that Pi is a boy on an epic journey, and in danger. Jack agrees to accompany Early on his quest to rescue Pi, and as the boys head into the wilderness, their adventures have an eerie resemblance to Early's stories about Pi, as do Jack and Early's own sad histories. This multilayered, intricately plotted story has a kaleidoscopic effect, blurring the lines between reality and imagination, coincidence and fate. Ages 9 — 12. Agent: Andrea Cascardi, Transatlantic Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Eighth grade is set to be a good year for Diggy Lawson: He’s chosen a great calf to compete at the Minnesota State Fair, he’ll see a lot of July, the girl he secretly likes at 4-H, and he and his dad Pop have big plans for April Fool’s Day. But everything changes when classmate Wayne Graf’s mother dies, which brings to light the secret that Pop is Wayne’s father, too. Suddenly, Diggy has a half brother, who moves in and messes up his life. Wayne threatens Diggy’s chances at the State Fair, horns in on his girl, and rattles his easy relationship with Pop.

What started out great quickly turns into the worst year ever, filled with jealousy, fighting, and several incidents involving cow poop. But as the boys care for their steers, pull pranks, and watch too many B movies, they learn what it means to be brothers and change their concept of family as they slowly steer toward a new kind of normal.

Praise for Steering Toward Normal

"First-time author Petruck’s account of country life is never dull as she depicts the strong work ethic of cattlemen and women, along with the universal conflicts between siblings."

--Publishers Weekly

"The plot is full of pranks and humorous situations but at its heart, it is a story about navigating the complicated and sometimes unexpected dynamics that come with being part of a family. Petruck captures the setting of rural Minnesota well, creating a small town where it seems like nearly everyone is related or at the very least always knows everyone else’s business."

--VOYA Magazine

 

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About the Author

CLARE VANDERPOOL's debut novel, Moon Over Manifest, won the 2011 Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature. This second novel will continue to astound readers with Clare's incredible writing prowess.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385742092
Author:
Vanderpool, Clare
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Author:
Hiaasen, Carl
Author:
Petruck, Rebecca
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Lifestyles - Farm Life
Subject:
adventure;maine;autism;historical fiction;boarding school;friendship;fiction;appalachian trail;ya;wwii;quest;rowing;realistic fiction;boarding schools;young adult;coming of age;family;1940s;death
Subject:
adventure;autism;historical fiction;maine;boarding school;friendship;fiction;death;appalachian trail;coming of age;ya;wwii;quest;family;magical realism;rowing;boarding schools;realistic fiction;crew;young adult;fathers and sons;1940s;survival
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 10

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'You have to look for the things that connect us all. Find the ways our paths cross, our lives intersect, and our hearts collide,' Jack's mother told him before she died. Her words will come to have special meaning for readers spellbound by this atmospheric novel set at the end of WWII from Newbery Medalist Vanderpool (Moon over Manifest). After his mother is buried, 13-year-old Jack — a clear-eyed narrator with a great sense of humor, despite his recent heartbreak — is sent to a Maine boarding school, where he meets an eccentric student named Early Auden, who might today be labeled autistic. Early is obsessed with the number pi and believes that Pi is a boy on an epic journey, and in danger. Jack agrees to accompany Early on his quest to rescue Pi, and as the boys head into the wilderness, their adventures have an eerie resemblance to Early's stories about Pi, as do Jack and Early's own sad histories. This multilayered, intricately plotted story has a kaleidoscopic effect, blurring the lines between reality and imagination, coincidence and fate. Ages 9 — 12. Agent: Andrea Cascardi, Transatlantic Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Eighth grade is set to be a good year for Diggy Lawson: He’s chosen a great calf to compete at the Minnesota State Fair, he’ll see a lot of July, the girl he secretly likes at 4-H, and he and his dad Pop have big plans for April Fool’s Day. But everything changes when classmate Wayne Graf’s mother dies, which brings to light the secret that Pop is Wayne’s father, too. Suddenly, Diggy has a half brother, who moves in and messes up his life. Wayne threatens Diggy’s chances at the State Fair, horns in on his girl, and rattles his easy relationship with Pop.

What started out great quickly turns into the worst year ever, filled with jealousy, fighting, and several incidents involving cow poop. But as the boys care for their steers, pull pranks, and watch too many B movies, they learn what it means to be brothers and change their concept of family as they slowly steer toward a new kind of normal.

Praise for Steering Toward Normal

"First-time author Petruck’s account of country life is never dull as she depicts the strong work ethic of cattlemen and women, along with the universal conflicts between siblings."

--Publishers Weekly

"The plot is full of pranks and humorous situations but at its heart, it is a story about navigating the complicated and sometimes unexpected dynamics that come with being part of a family. Petruck captures the setting of rural Minnesota well, creating a small town where it seems like nearly everyone is related or at the very least always knows everyone else’s business."

--VOYA Magazine

 

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