by Reif Larsen
T.S. (short for Tecumseh Sparrow) Spivet is a 12-year-old mapmaker who lives in Montana with his equally eccentric family. When he receives the news that his mapmaking abilities have won him an illustrious award from the Smithsonian, he decides to hop the rails and travel the long way there in true hobo style. With rich illustrations adorning the margins, sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic, this is the story of a journey and the varied perceptions that make up our lives. If you liked Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time or The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, you'll love this book.