May 2010 Indie Next List
“T.S. Spivet, 12-year-old boy genius and cartographer, is a fresh character who will share the wonders of seeing the world through adolescent eyes like no other, making sense of the world by mapping, charting and illustrating everywhere he goes. When the Smithsonian Institution, unaware of his age, offers T.S. a prestigious award, he decides to hop on a train which takes him on a journey from his ranch in Montana to the capital. Reif Larsen has a remarkably original and touching achievement in this first novel. Beautiful maps and illustrations will delight and amaze readers. Truly a must-read!”
— Jeanne Costello, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO
May 2009 Indie Next List
“In The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, which is full of observations and maps, we see the world through the eyes of a Cheerios-obsessed 12-year-old with the wisdom of an old soul. This book is funny, tender, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and full of insight. On every page there was something that I wanted to read aloud to anyone who would listen.”
— Jake Hallman, A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland, CA
Discover "The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet for iPad."
A boundary-leaping debut tracing a gifted young map maker's attempt to understand the ways of the world
When twelve-year-old genius cartographer T. S. Spivet receives an unexpected phone call from the Smithsonian announcing he has won the prestigious Baird Award, life as normal if you consider mapping dinner table conversations normal is interrupted and a wild cross-country adventure begins, taking T. S. from his family home just north of Divide, Montana, to the museum's hallowed halls.
There are some answers here on the road from Divide and some new questions, too. How does one map the delicate lessons learned about family or communicate the ebbs and flows of heartbreak, loneliness, and love?
Now a major motion picture directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Kyle Catlett and Helena Bonham Carter.
About the Author
Reif Larsen's first novel, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into twenty-seven languages. A Montana Honor book, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet was a finalist for the IndieBound Award, was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and is currently being released as a film in France and the United States.