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Navigating Early

by Clare Vanderpool

Navigating Early
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2013, 320 pages
    Paperback:
    Dec 2014, 336 pages

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In this uplifting novel, two school-aged friends set off on a quest that delivers life-changing lessons.

The year is 1945, the end of the Second World War. Two boys set off into the woods of Maine in search of The Great Appalachian Bear, which has not been seen for many years, and is believed by most to be dead. The boys' adventure is fraught with dangers – icy rivers, murderous pirates, brambles, catacombs, poisonous snakes. The perfect set-up for an adventure story. Which it is. But Navigating Early is much more than that. It is also a quest for truth, meaning, and self.

The boys, Jack and Early, have each lost something dear to them, leaving them feeling abandoned and untethered. They need to find a way to fill the gaping holes in their hearts. While Early has a missing brother, Jack's mother has recently died, and his father, a navy officer, has distanced himself as he struggles with his own loss and pain. Jack lands at a boys' boarding school in Maine with the only offer of ...

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