The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
By Reif Larson
Penguin Putnam, Inc.
If you are looking forward to a modern day adventure equaling classics like Tom Sawyer, or Huckleberry Finn, then look no further than Reif Larson’s new in paperback novel.
T.S. (short for Tecumsah Sparrow) is not your typical 12-year-old Montana rancher’s son. He has a knack for drawing maps and writes articles published by the Smithsonian and other scientific journals. Not knowing that T.S. is merely a pre-teen protégé the Smithsonian offers him an award for his work in cartography.
The catch, T.S.’s parents know nothing about his work and he has to travel from Montana to Washington D.C. to receive it. As T.S. travels across the country via sneaking aboard a train he maps out his journey and the world around him as he understands it.
Additionally this book is a highly illustrated piece! Larson initially wrote the book minus any illustrations but went back and drew pictures as though T.S. were drawing them. The result is that you have a beautiful work of art along with a great adventure read.
While this book was written for an adult audience there is nothing inappropriate for a young adult or teen to read. It is a beautiful story about family, loss and finding one’s place in an inconstant world. You will not be disappointed with T.S. or the journey Larson takes you on. Ages 14 & up.
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