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The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet is narrated by Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet, a precocious 12-year-old boy who obsessively maps and illustrates what he observes (included in the margins of the book). He lives on a ranch in Montana with a distant father, a scientist mother, and older sister. He also has a deceased younger brother. For the most part, he's a lonely boy. When his mentor submits some of his maps to the Smithsonian, they award him a prestigious prize, unaware that he's only 12. T.S. doesn't tell his family of his plans and leaves for Washington D.C. on his own, hopping trains and making his way east. He finds in his luggage an old journal detailing ancient family history. His journey is one of discovery, about himself and his family. Reif Larsen's debut novel has received mixed reviews with The Guardian saying, "One of the many clever things about the book's structure is that its secrets are revealed as gradually to the reader as to the hero. TS's journey - towards forgiveness, understanding, adulthood, love - is a familiar one, but the views are spectacular."
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