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This review is from: The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet (Paperback)
I absolutely love this book. It is the story of T. S. Spivet, a twelve year old boy who is a genius at drawing maps. He lives in a ranch in Montana with his family, who are all deeply eccentric characters and who are all bound together by the loss of T. S.'s younger brother in a gun related incident a year earlier. T. S. gets the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. where he has been given an award for his drawings by the Smithsonian Institute. The trouble is that the Smithsonian have no idea that he is only twelve, and then T. S. decides to set off across the U.S. on his own to collect his award.
The story, told in T. S.'s words is wonderful. The author has really captured a child's way of looking at the world, sometimes wise, sometimes logical, sometimes completely illogical, and given T. S. an authentically believable voice. The text is littered with T. S. 's maps and drawings, which are also wonderful, although rather small, if your eyesight is not the best.
This book was funny, moving, and always compelling. I really look forward to seeing what Reif Larssen comes up with next.