A5 Top Pick - Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
Life of Pi is a simply brilliant fictional novel published in 2001 about a 16 year old Indian kid who is adrift and lost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a small lifeboat, accompanied by some zoo animals including a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Piscene (“Pi”) Molitor Patel is a curious kid who thinks deeply about religion at an early age, deciding to embrace Christianity, Hindu, and Islam all at once, and that spirituality affects his experience while lost at sea. It is a symbolically rich story about survival and the ambiguity of truth. And, the ending is amazing. Click here for our review of Life of Pi.