I will be in 10/23 to pick this up I have been on vacation
Ok, I have to admit, I picked up this book because I really liked the cover design. I thought it was going to be a cute story about a smart 12 year old boy traveling across the country, but I should have known better than to underestimate young adult lit. Larsen describes the American lanscape like a pioneer seeing it for the first time. His characters are emotionally complex and heart-breaking. I definitely cried in public while reading this book. Don't let the illustrations and young main character mislead you, adults will enjoy this book too.
Touching and full of humour. There's a dry part in the middle when the main character is travelling through the Red Desert. Hang in there, the story picks up again. Don't skip the footnotes, that's where half the story and almost all the humour is.
A beautifully illustrated book about a 12 year old genius who jumps trains across the USA, to accept an award from the Smithsonian Institute.
He makes sense of life by drawing detailed maps of everything he sees, from family dinner conversations, facial expressions, flight paths of bats etc.
Genuis and angst found in one 12 year old boy , T.S. Spivit, who is compelled to diagram everything he encounters so as to understand it. Living on an isolated ranch in Montana with a dad of few words, a mom always in her lab, searching for elusive beetles, sister Gracie the family cook (watch out for Gracie's Specials), and the ghost of his dead brother. His quest: To reach the Smithsonian and recieve a prestigious award, diagraming evey step of the way , on railroad cars, and big rigs.
This is the best book I've read in a long time! The story is compellingly told through the eyes of 12-year-old genius cartographer, T.S. Spivet. It NEEDS a sequel though. It ended way too abruptly.
This is a highly original book, both in terms of its story line and the manner in which it is written/illustrated. If you're looking for conventional novels, this isn't it. It would be especially attractive to anyone with a love for maps and geography.
This was a great book. The only thing keeping it from a five star rating is the ending.
one of my favorite books of the year. captures the wonder and fear and fearlessness of being young in an old person world. rushes a bit at the end to get you where you need to go, but the story, characters,and the meta-text of illustrations and asides make it feel like you're at the end of the whip. enjoyable.
Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet is a 12-year-old genius cartographer who lives on a ranch in Montana. He maps everything, from creek drainage systems to corn shucking movements to cicada wings. His teachers are not appreciative of the effort T.S. puts into his Grade 7 school projects. For the unit on photosynthesis, T.S. made intricate diagrams of the opening and closing of a plant's stoma. "Mr. Stenpock had given me a C on the project for not properly following his instructions, but I was later given some vindication by publishing the illustration in Discover." His work has also been published in an number of other scientific magazines and at the Smithsonian Institute. Illustrations and footnote-like asides take up about a third of each page in this novel, adding a whimsical touch and giving us insight into the unusual workings of T.S.'s mind.
T.S. and his parents and sister are each grieving privately the death of the youngest member of the family, 10-year-old Layton. Not a lot of communication happens in this family. When someone from the Smithsonian phones to tell T.S. he has won a prestigious award and to invite him to speak at an upcoming banquet, T.S. decides not to disabuse the man of the notion that T.S. is an adult. He also decides not to say anything to his parents, but to get to Washington, D.C. on his own. It is a road trip as unique as the boy making the journey.
This is primarily a novel for adults, but anyone from about Grade 5 and up who likes reading about interesting characters will enjoy this funny and tender story.
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