Orphan Island

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By Laurel Snyder
Publisher Walden Pond Press
Orphan Island
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A National Book Award Longlist title! A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true. Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medalwinning author of The Girl Who Drank the MoonThis is one of those books that haunts you long after you read it. Thoughtprovoking and magical. Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson seriesIn the tradition of modernday classics like Sara Pennypackers Pax and Lois Lowrys The Giver comes a deep, compelling, heartbreaking, and completely oneofakind novel about nine children who live on a mysterious island.On the island, everything is perfect. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their cabins, it is with full stomachs and joy in their hearts.And only one thing ever changes: on that day, each year, when a boat appears from the mist upon the ocean carrying one young child to join themand taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again.Todays Changing is no different. The boat arrives, taking away Jinnys best friend, Deen, replacing him with a new little girl named Ess, and leaving Jinny as the new Elder. Jinny knows her responsibility nowto teach Ess everything she needs to know about the island, to keep things as theyve always been.But will she be ready for the inevitable day when the boat will come backand take her away forever from the only home shes known?A unique and compelling story about nine children who live with no adults on a mysterious island. Anyone who has ever been scared of leaving their family will love this book (from the Brightly.com review, which named Orphan Island a best book of 2017).

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62344 words62,344 words
293 pages293 pages
Lexile 650LLexile 650L
Grade 3 to 7Grade 3 to 7
Age 8-12Age 8-12
Published 2017Published 2017

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