LIFE OF PI, by Yann Martel
Interest Level: Upper Grades
Audiobook Available in HS Library
One of my very best friends in the whole world recommended this book to me, so I picked it up at an airport. I have to admit that through most of the experience of reading it, I was thinking to myself, "This is an OK book, but I wouldn't rave about it" I stuck with it, though, and boy am I glad I did! It's the story of a sixteen year old boy named Pi--it has nothing to do with the number Pi--it's his nickname, which is short for Piscine...a name that sounded a lot like another unflattering word, (think urine) so he changed it to just Pi. Pi is a deeply spiritual person who, after learning the teachings of Hinduism, Islam, and Catholicism, creates his own spiritual practice from all three traditions. This is the story of how Pi survived 227 days on a lifeboat in the Pacific, with a royal bengal tiger, a zebra and a hyena...or is it?