Article Title

Navigating Early


Cynthia Frazier


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, Boarding Schools, Juvenile Fiction, Appalachian Trail, Maine, Boys, Adventure

Document Type

Book Review


Jack’s mother dies near the end of world War II. His father, who is in the Navy, must go back to his ship, so Jack is sent far from his home in Kansas to a boarding school in Maine. Grieving, he struggles to fit in until he makes a friend named Early. Early is a little strange. He loves numbers and explains the number Pi as if it was a person. In fact, he plans to find Pi by traveling on the Appalachian trail, so Jack joins him on his quest. As they walk, Early tells stories about Pi, pirates, a great white whale, a 100-year-old woman, a hidden cave and the Great Appalachian Bear. Then, the most amazing things happen as the stories begin to come true. Early finds an unexpected Pi, and Jack comes to understand friendship, himself, and the father he has barely known.