Orphan Island

Orphan Island

Book - 2017
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On an island where one child is delivered each year while the eldest is taken away, nine children live under the leadership of new elder Jinny, who trains the latest newcomer and wonders what will happen when her own departure occurs.
Published: New York, NY :, Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062443410
Branch Call Number: J SNY
Characteristics: 269 pages :,illustration ;,22 cm


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Sep 16, 2017

This book is on several 2018 Newbery watch lists. I thought it was very interesting, but the ending is a cliff hanger. Will their be a sequel?

CRRLKids Aug 03, 2017

This book was a surprisingly different approach to a coming of age novel for 4th-5th grade girls. Although the pace of the book was a bit slow through the first half, young readers could really connect with Jinny's feelings and inner turmoil as the book progressed. Growing up on a orphan island and having to make the choice to leave the island or not when the time comes and to deal with the repercussions is parallel to a lot of early adolescent choices young readers might face. Make sure your reader is mature enough to handle discussions of physical adolescent developmental changes. Many questions remain unanswered, so a sequel is a must!

Cynthia_N May 24, 2017

Such an interesting concept! Nine orphans live alone on an island. They are safe, happy, and healthy. Once a year an unmanned boat comes and brings a new youngest child and takes the oldest child. The new oldest child is then in charge of training and caring for the youngest. Something changes and suddenly the island isn't as friendly and safe anymore. I hope there is a following to book to answer all the questions raised in this one!!


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