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Book by Clare Vanderpool Presentation by Trystin Heinold

Genre/Main Characters/Big Ideas

The genre of this book could either be historical or realistic fiction. It takes place during World War ll, but the time period definitely doesn't affect the plot. Two key characters in this book are Early and Jack. They meet at the military boarding house, and soon go on to embark on a dangerous journey through the Appalachian Trail. This book teaches us about the meaning of true friendship, even when you feel like you can't go on, or the situation is rough.


This book takes place during the time of 1943 (World War ll) in the state of Maine, in the Appalachian Trail. Navigating Early is about a boy named Jackie who has to go to a military school for boys because his dad is in the navy. He meets a strange boy named Early who believes that pi, is not only a never-ending number, but also a character living out his adventurous story-life. Together, they go on a thrilling journey through the Appalachian Trail, while facing dangers and learning the meaning of being a true friend.

Author Biography

Clare Vanderpool is the author of Navigating Early. She is presently living in Wichita, Kansas, very close to where she grew up in Cottage Hill. She grew up reading a variety of books, including Harold and the Purple Crayon, Anne of Green Gables, and Island of the Blue Dolphins. She got a college degree in English and Elementary Education, although, she says that her "best education has come from reading, listening to family stories, looking out the car window on road trips, pretending to be pirates with my brother, and just plain imagining. "

This book is guaranteed to enthrall you, and draw you into a world of adventure.

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I recommend this book because it is full of action, suspense, and adventure. Anyone who enjoys camping, hiking, or being out in the woods is sure to love every page of this book.
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