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Orphan Island

by Snyder, Laurel,

Format: Kindle Book 2017 2017
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Summary
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 Reviews
Booklist Review: "Nine orphans live by themselves on an idyllic island, which provides them with everything they need as long as they follow a few rules: learn to swim, learn to read, and there can never be more than nine children on the island. Each year (time is only measured in sleeps), an unpiloted green boat arrives from across the ocean with a new youngest child and departs with the oldest. When Jinny rebels and refuses to leave and the balance is skewed, the island responds in kind, and when disaster strikes, Jinny has only one choice if the rest are to survive. Although some readers might be distracted by the somewhat thin world building and wonder why the children are on the island at all, Snyder's well-realized and distinct characters are a distinguishing feature. Even the island, with its magical elements, becomes a sort of character, as it responds to events. With the book's lovely, absorbing narrative and an enigmatic plot, readers willing to suspend their disbelief will enjoy this deceptively simple story.--Scanlon, Donna Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Jinny is the oldest of nine orphans living on an idyllic island. New children are delivered to the island by a mysterious boat, and whenever one arrives, the eldest on the island takes the arrival's place aboard the vessel to leave the only home he or she has ever known, with no knowledge of what the future holds. It's Jinny's responsibility, as the elder, to care for the newly arrived Ess, despite the fact that Jinny is heartbroken over losing the previous elder, Deen, her best friend. As Jinny teaches Ess to contribute and uphold the cryptic rules that promise chaos if broken, she begins to question the unexplained dictates, opting to take charge of her actions and destiny. Through the precocious Jinny, Snyder (Seven Stories Up) delivers a contemplative commentary on the transition from childhood to adolescence, and from ignorance to awareness. Although the children's ages are unspecified, the eldest islander is on the cusp of adolescence, beginning to yearn for more than the small island can provide, even while dreading to leave the comfort and stability it provides. The dissonance Jinny feels is universal, and Snyder's skillful storytelling and lyrical writing heighten its impact. Ages 8-12. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Orphans Juvenile fiction
Islands Juvenile fiction
Survival Juvenile fiction
Fantasy
Juvenile Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :HarperCollins2017
2017
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience 650L
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
Format: Kindle Book
Format: OverDrive Read
Requires Adobe Digital Editions or Amazon Kindle
Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780062443434
9780062443434
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