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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
17 THE SELECTED WORKS OF T.S. SPIVET REIF LARSEN Twelve year old cartographer T.S. Spivet lives in a world of seemingly disparate characters that work around his prodigious talent, rather than acknowledge or encourage it. That all changes when T.S's scientific drawings win him an award from the Smithsonian Institute, setting in motion a cross-country, train-hopping journey from his home in Divide, Montana all the way to Washington D.C. T.S. has a rancher father, scientist mother, teenage sister and dead brother. How he traverses that landscape makes for a pilgrimage of self-discovery with as many risks and thrills as his wild ride to the nation's capital. The novel, enhanced by T.S.'s drawings, all drawn by Larsen, is a tour through the precocious mind of an unwilling outsider determined, against all odds, to find his own unique place in the world. 'a tour through the precocious mind of an unwilling outsider'