Thursday, March 6, 2014
After his mother's death at the end of World War II, Jack Baker is suddenly uprooted from his home in Kansas and placed in a boy's boarding school in Maine. There he meets Early Auden, the strangest of boys, who reads the number pi as an unending story and collects clippings about sightings of a black bear in the nearby mountains. Feeling lost and adrift, Jack can't help being drawn to Early, who refuses to believe what everyone accepts to be the truth about the great Appalachian bear, the timber rattlesnakes, and the legendary school hero known as the Fish, who was lost in the war. When Jack and Early find themselves alone at school, they set out for the Appalachian Trail on a quest for the great black bear. Jack's ability to be a steadfast friend to Early will be tested as the boys discover things they never knew about themselves and others.