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ISBN: 0143117351 / ISBN-13: 9780143117353

The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet


T.S. Spivet is a 12-year-old genius mapmaker who lives on a ranch in Montana. His father is a tight-lipped cowboy and his mother is a scientist who ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.667


by lostqueenutah on May 12, 2011

This novel enriches the form with the addtion of marginalia which enhances the characterization of young T.S. Spivet. No need to study the notes and drawings, just read them where indicated by arrows from the text and little by little Spivet's mind is revealed as that of a precocious boy with a scientific bent who simply has the emotions of a junior high kid trying to figure out the world, death, his parents' marriage while mapping everything from his room to the universe.


The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

by absafruitly on Jan 12, 2010

This is a fascinating novel about a twelve year old who is far beyond his peers academically, but still does not understand many of the aspects of the adult world he is plunged into through his work. His cartography work causes him to gain fame among gurus of the field and recognition from the Smithsonian. I found the side notes and sketches thoroughly compelling and enjoyed the fact that despite his genius, he did not speak as an authority, but as a learner. While I did feel the excitement faded towards the end, overall it was original and exceptionally creative of Reif Larson's part.


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by frogboytym on Aug 20, 2009

The beginning of the book fascinated me, with its look at the inner workings of the mind of a child prodigy and his life on a western ranch. It is rich in detail and the way it hints at a troubled episode from the boy's recent past is tantalizing. The tone of the book seems to change about midway following another traumatic event that occurs during the kid's solitary journey to the Smithsonian and i believe it is the author's intention to indicate a maturing of the childs mind. I greatly enjoyed this novel.

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