T.S. Spivet is a genius mapmaker who lives on a ranch in Montana.
His father is a silent cowboy and his mother is a scientist who for the last twenty years has been looking for a mythical species of beetle.
His brother has gone, his sister seems normal but might not be, and his dog - Verywell - is going mad.
T.S. makes sense of it all by drawing beautiful, meticulous maps kept in innumerable colour-coded notebooks.
He is brilliant, and the Smithsonian Institution agrees, though when they award him a major scientific prize they don't suspect for a moment that he is twelve years old.
So begins T.S.'s life-changing adventure, travelling two thousand miles across America to reach the awards dinner, the secret-society membership and the TV interviews that beckon.
But is this what he wants? Do maps and lists explain the world? And why are adults so strange?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages, b/w
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/10/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099555193