Orphan Island by Laurel SnyderOrphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Orphan Island

byLaurel Snyder

Hardcover | May 30, 2017

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A National Book Award Longlist title!

"A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true." —Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

"This is one of those books that haunts you long after you read it. Thought-provoking and magical." —Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series


In the tradition of modern-day classics like Sara Pennypacker's Pax and Lois Lowry's The Giver comes a deep, compelling, heartbreaking, and completely one-of-a-kind 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 them—and taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again.

Today’s Changing is no different. The boat arrives, taking away Jinny’s best friend, Deen, replacing him with a new little girl named Ess, and leaving Jinny as the new Elder. Jinny knows her responsibility now—to teach Ess everything she needs to know about the island, to keep things as they’ve always been.

But will she be ready for the inevitable day when the boat will come back—and take her away forever from the only home she’s 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).

Laurel Snyder is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the author of many books for children, including Bigger Than a Breadbox, an ABC Best Books for Children Selection; Penny Dreadful, an E. B. White Read-Aloud Award Honor Book; and Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, an ALAALSC Notable Children’s Book and a Parents’ Cho...
Title:Orphan IslandFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.97 inPublished:May 30, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062443410

ISBN - 13:9780062443410

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Growing Up Can Be Difficult... This book is a great coming of age read. The story portrays growing up, taking on more responsibilities, thinking of others when making decisions, consequences to your actions/choices, in a way that is easy to relate to and understand.
Date published: 2017-06-10

Editorial Reviews

This charming, engrossing tale set in a vividly realized world is expertly paced and will appeal to fans of wilderness adventure stories and character-driven relationship novels alike.