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Winter 2012 Kids Next List
“Newbery Award-winner Vanderpool has done it again! This terrific coming-of-age story begins as WWII comes to an end and so many people have lost so much. After Jack Baker's mother dies suddenly, his father returns from the front lines, uproots him from the only home he's ever known in Kansas, and enrolls Jack in a boarding school near his naval base in Maine. Jack has learned how to count on his own sadness and loss, but when he meets Early Auden, sometime-student and full-time puzzle, Jack's life takes a surprising turn. Fall break finds the boys on a quest to find a bear, a timber rattler, and, maybe, a brother. I read this in one sitting, and you will too!”
— Anne Holman, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
Just the sort of book that saves lives by igniting a passion for reading. James Patterson
Reminiscent of "Huckleberry Finn." "The Wall Street Journal"
A Michael L. Printz Honor Winner
From the author of Newbery Medal winner "Moon Over Manifest" comes the odyssey-like adventure of two boys incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail.
When Jack Baker's father sends him from his home in Kansas to attend a boys boarding school in Maine, Jack doesn t know what to expect. Certainly not Early Auden, the strangest of boys. Early keeps to himself, reads the number pi as a story, and refuses to accept truths others take for granted. Jack, feeling lonely and out of place, connects with Early, and the two become friends.
During a break from school, the boys set out for the Appalachian Trail on a quest for a great black bear. As Jack and Early travel deeper into the mountains, they meet peculiar and dangerous characters, and they make some shocking discoveries. But their adventure is only just beginning. Will Jack's and Early's friendship last the journey? Can the boys make it home alive?
An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book
A "New York Times "Editor's Choice
A "New York Times" Bestseller
An Indie Pick
A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
A" School Library Journal "Best Book of the Year
A "Kirkus" "Reviews" Best Book of the Year
A "Booklist" Books for Youth Editors Choice Selection
A "BookPage" Best Children's Book
A Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection
A Notable Children's Book in Language Arts Book
A "Down East Magazine" Best of Maine Book
A North Carolina Young Adult Book Award Master List Selection
An Iowa Children's Choice Award Finalist
"From the Hardcover edition.