A novel from New Zealand, by Lindsay Wood. First published 2010. High school is hell. Corey is overweight and shy, so no wonder he spends all his spare time playing Counter-Strike on the computer. When his mum gives him an ultimatum - join a school sports team or broadband will be cancelled - he's horrified to find that she means it. Realizing that for once he's not going to get his own way, Corey looks for the easiest sports option. Orienteering he reads, can be 'like a stroll in the park'. But when Corey joins the orienteering team, he finds out the hard way that more than strolling is required. Alone in the back of beyond, he is forced to fall back on his own resources if he doesn't want to totally humiliate himself in front of the others. And then he remembers Counter-Strike. Will the fat boy have what it take to become a cunning runner and survive against the odds?
Navigators aren’t just athletes. They’re highly-trained map readers, efficient runners, and above all, decision makers. At last, here’s a tale of adventure and growth set in a place where map reading and navigation skills are keys to success. Sylvan lives on the most remote "island" in the Archipelago, a series of ridgetops surrounded not by water, but by vast, fog-filled valleys which are traversed only by specialized Navigators. Already gifted with an extraordinary memory for every place he's ever been, Sylvan dreams of becoming a Fogrunner, like the father he’s never met, delivering important messages through the lands beneath the fog. When Bernhard Krummholz, a rare passing Navigator, teaches him to read maps, and offers to take him along on his adventures, Sylvan must confront not only mist-shrouded canyons and flooded forests, but stolen maps, pack train raiders, rumors of his father’s demise, and his growing sibling rivalry. Slot canyons, floating bogs, braided rivers. Everything was there on the map...or was it? This new book by Alaskan writer and orienteer Jen Jolliff offers entertainment and learning for readers of any age and navigation ability. You'll come away from reading Fogrunner with an increased understanding of and appreciation for map reading and decision making skills.