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Navigating Early

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Compelling adventure as two boys cope with loss, loneliness.

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age 11+

Depth on many levels!

This is a great book that takes a while to get into, but kids LOVE it! I read it to my class. Slow at first.....but they loved how two stories are interwoven. Reading it with a child will help them with the depths of parts that confuse them, but SO worth it! A GREAT book!

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NAVIGATING EARLY intertwines the past and present to create a meaningful and compelling story of two boys dealing with loss and loneliness. As in her Newbery Award-winning Moon Over Manifest, author Clare Vanderpool expertly deals with complex emotions, wrapping them in metaphor and refracting them throughout the cast of characters, so that each is fully realized and even the bad guys reveal their pain. This is not just a psychological exploration, however: It's an adventure story, and the boys' odyssey is filled with enough peril and narrow escapes to keep readers engaged.

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