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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375990402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375990403
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.1 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,475,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Amazon Best Books of the Month January 2013: In her first book since the Newbery Medal winner, Moon Over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool delivers another contender in Navigating Early. Jack and Early, outsiders at their boarding school in Maine, form a friendship that sets them on an epic quest across land, sea, and the depths of their own hearts looking for Pi—the young seeker whose tale Early reads in the numbers following 3.14, convinced that he is lost. On their adventure they find pirates, a ferocious black bear, and finally, resolution and connection in the aftermath of a haunting loss. Vanderpool works magic in this multilayered novel of two stories —that of the boys, and that of Pi--and they dovetail beautifully throughout, culminating in an incredibly touching and gratifying ending. --Seira Wilson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Gr 5-8-When his mother unexpectedly passes away and his father returns from serving in World War II, Jack Baker's life is turned upside down. He's moved from his home in Kansas to a boy's boarding school in Maine. He meets a unique boy named Early Auden who has an obsession with pi, seeing an unending story in the mathematically significant number. Caught up in their own sorrows, the boys take a chance during a school break to head off on a quest along the Appalachian Trail. Early's telling of the pi story seems to oddly mirror the strange characters and happenings that the boys encounter in their journey. This is a journey of loss, discovery, and deep-rooted friendship and love. Robbie Daymond, the primary reader of Vanderpool's tale (Delacorte, 2013), does an excellent job of capturing the mood of the story-whether it is the youthful joy of two young boys on an adventure or the somber moments of facing real heartache. His pacing and volume are spot-on throughout the telling, keeping listeners fully engaged. When the story transitions to that of young Pi, Mark Bramhall takes over the narration. The first time this occurs it is a little jarring as listeners move from the mesmerizing voice of Daymond to Bramhall's bold theatrical tones. After the first transition, however, listeners will know what to expect and will appreciate the clear distinction between the boy's story and the mythical tale of Pi. Cassandra Campbell narrates a brief but interesting segment at the end of the presentation informing listeners which parts of the story are fact and which are fiction. A winner, especially for older middle schoolers.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library.UTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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The characters were well developed and the story line was amazing.
Kristir479
He read this book through the weekend, into the late night... which really says a lot about the book.
squeaks1111
Navigating Early is a wonderful story of friendship and finding one's bearings.
H. Frederick

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Jen R on January 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What an amazing, very unique, yet poignant story. It revolves around Jack Baker and Early Auden, two boys at a boarding school in Maine at the end of World War II. Jack is a transplant from Kansas, having moved to the school after the death of his mother, while his dad serves in the Navy. Early is classified as strange, although in today's world he would probably be diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. The boys are hooked together through a variety of circumstances and go on a quest along the Appalachian Trail. Their journey involves Early's story of the number pi and finding what is lost. Pirates, lost souls, a great black bear and star navigating are among what they encounter and discover.

This truly is a story of forgiveness and finding those who are lost while trying to find yourself in the process. It is also a story of true friendship. What it means to be a friend and also accept the friendship of someone else. And finally it is a story of the connection we all have to each other, connecting the dots - just as navigators do when using the stars as their guide.

I would like to thank Random House for the arc I received from them.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By squeaks1111 on February 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I can not share much about the content of this book, but wanted to share that this book "hooked" my 11 year old. He read this book through the weekend, into the late night... which really says a lot about the book.

His first question is there a sequel??!! Going to get him the author's earlier book.
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Format: Hardcover
If you read and loved Vanderpool's heartwarming debut and Newberry Medal Winning Moon Over Manifest and are hoping to find the same depth of humanity in her sophomore novel, Navigating Early, you are in luck. In fact, my greatest criticism about Navigating Early is that it's too thematically similar to Moon Over Manifest, so let me get that gripe out of the way before I can dive into why Navigating Early is such a wonderful read.

Both books involve children who are displaced-they have left what homes they knew to take up residence in a new and strange local. Both must learn to navigate their new environments as the new kid. Both have essentially lost their mothers, and both have a strong and wounding disconnect with their fathers. Both stories rely heavily on the power of coincidence or, as Jack's mother would say, "There are no coincidences. Just miracles by the boatload." Both books utilize the technique of stories within stories in order to tell their tale. In fact, Moon Over Manifest and Navigating Early were arranged so similarly that it made it impossible for me to be swept away and fall in love with this new book the way that I was when listening to Moon. I sincerely wonder if there had been more time in between my reading of the two, or if I had read Navigating Early first, which I would prefer. Perhaps Clare Vanderpool will fall into my list of authors who write the same sort of book over and over, but do it so well I love them regardless (this list being headed by John Green, of course).

My only final complaint is that those double meaning titles (you know the ones, like Saving Grace, Shattered Glass, that sort of thing) make me gag instinctively-it's like something I would have named a book for a writing contest in 7th grade knowing the judges would all think `Oh!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bookworm1858 VINE VOICE on June 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was first brought to my attention by some Waiting on Wednesday posts and I was captured by the description of young Jack forced to move from Kansas to Maine after the death of his mother and enrolled in a boy's boarding school. There he meets the strange Early Auden and as events transpire, they end up in the forest for some time searching for something. It doesn't seem like a Stephanie book (where are the girls for one thing) but it struck me. I am very pleased to have read this!

I liked so many elements of this book. First I loved the main character Jack, struggling in this new world without his mother and with his distant military father at a distance even when they're in the same room. I also loved Early, who would probably be diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in our world but not in his. His interests are varied including knowing the number pi to many digits, music beyond the typical kid's interest, and the zoology of Maine, for example. He is also suffering from the death of his idolized older brother who he believes is still alive. It is this quest to find Early's older brother that sends the boys into the woods.

Once there, multiple plot threads are opened and then skillfully brought back together at the end. It reminded me of Liesl and Po and thus feels like a characteristic of my favorite middle-grade titles. I felt so satisfied seeing how x fit with y in the context of the larger story. I also loved the themes about family and healing as both Jack and Early end in better places in regards to their family. Just tremendously satisfying!

Meanwhile I had mixed feelings about the historical setting.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven J Drobot on November 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book was carefully and thoughtfully written by Clare Vanderpool, a Newbery Medal-Winning Author of Moon Over Manifest. The story is about friendship, unique differences between people and acceptance.
The story focuses on Jake Baker and Early Auden, two boys at a boarding school in Maine at the end of World War II. Jack moves from Kansas after the death of his mother to be near his dad who is in the military. Early is known around school as somewhat strange and has unique interests in the story of pi and a great black bear sited along the Appalachian Trail. The boys come together with their differences and find true friendship as they take a journey to find the bear and along the way engage in Early's story of the number pi. A great black bear and navigating through the mountains are some of the hurdles they face together.

Navigating Early wasn't the easiest book to follow unless you have an interest and a clear understanding of pi. If you do, then Vanderpool wrote this with you in mind so this would be a great book for you to read. The rest of the book is a heartwarming story about friendship and trust.
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