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“Just the sort of book that saves lives by igniting a passion for reading.” —James Patterson

“Reminiscent of Huckleberry Finn.” —The Wall Street Journal

A Michael L. Printz Honor Winner

From the author of Newbery Medal winner Moon Over Manifest comes the odyssey-like adventure of two boys’ incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail.

When Jack Baker’s father sends him from his home in Kansas to attend a boys’ boarding school in Maine, Jack doesn’t know what to expect. Certainly not Early Auden, the strangest of boys. Early keeps to himself, reads the number pi as a story, and refuses to accept truths others take for granted. Jack, feeling lonely and out of place, connects with Early, and the two become friends.

During a break from school, the boys set out for the Appalachian Trail on a quest for a great black bear. As Jack and Early travel deeper into the mountains, they meet peculiar and dangerous characters, and they make some shocking discoveries. But their adventure is only just beginning. Will Jack’s and Early’s friendship last the journey? Can the boys make it home alive?

An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
An ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book
A New York Times Editor’s Choice
A New York Times Bestseller
An Indie Pick
A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choice Selection
A BookPage Best Children’s Book
A Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection
A Notable Children's Book in Language Arts Book
A Down East Magazine Best of Maine Book
A North Carolina Young Adult Book Award Master List Selection
An Iowa Children's Choice Award Finalist
Paperback, 336 pages
Published on December 23, 2014 by Yearling
ISBN-10: 0307930653
ISBN-13: 9780307930651
5 Book Reviews
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  • someoneThursday, July 11, 2019 at 9:52 am
    it was good
    • Baby shark dodoMonday, March 25, 2019 at 9:06 pm
      i read this book in class and everyone loved it. i think it is a really good book.
      • bobthekitty
        bobthekittySaturday, April 16, 2016 at 9:47 am55 stars
        This book is of the record! I love it
        • read4fun
          Mrs. SheehanTuesday, September 30, 2014 at 1:48 pm55 stars
          I really liked this book because it is very meaningful. It is very meaningful because its about a boy and his mom just died and then he's sent to a new school so he doesn't have any friends. But he saw a kid that he thought was kinda odd but then they became friends. So when his friend goes on a adventure he comes with him...
          • trmoore
            Mrs. MooreSunday, September 22, 2013 at 3:52 am44 stars
            Possible 2014 Newbery Award