Navigating Early

Navigating Early

The book cover of "Navigating Early" by Clare Vanderpool features two boys with their backs to us, rowing a canoe up a river in their quest to find a black bear. The stars are out in the night sky, but dawn is breaking. The Printz Award seal has been applied at the left side, near the bottom of the book.


By Clare Vanderpool

Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, Penguin Random House Company

Jack Baker, uprooted suddenly after his mother’s death, and Early Auden, the strangest of boys, meet at a Maine boarding school. Their friendship culminates in a treacherous quest and unexpected self-discovery. Vanderpool delivers an emotionally powerful novel in an untamed setting as the boys head up river in search of the Great Appalachian Bear. The award, first given in 2000, is named for the late Michael L. Printz, a Topeka, Kan., school librarian known for discovering and promoting quality books for young adults.

Awards Won

Title Year
printz.gif Michael L. Printz Award
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
2014 - Honor(s)