Reif Larsen's first novel features one of the more original creations in recent literature. A twelve-year-old boy cartographer wunderkind, Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet spends his days mapping out the minutiae of his and his family's very particular place in the world from their Montana ranch. When young T.S. finds out he has won a prestigious award from the Smithsonian, he sets out (unbeknownst to his parents) on a solo train-hopping trek east to Washington, D.C., and his journey begins. Overlapping the entire odyssey on nearly every page are T.S.'s amusingly idiosyncratic drawings and notations on everything his boundless imagination engages with. Unlike anything I've ever read, and one of my favorite novels of the past few years.
When twelve-year-old cartography genius T.S. Spivet receives a prestigious award, he leaves his quiet ranch home in Montana for Washington, D.C., and he learns more about himself and the world around him on his journey.