Reviewed by Esther Bailey.
Orphan Island is one of my all time favorite books.
It is about a little island where everything seems perfect, the beautiful sunset and the crystal clear waters. Except the island's only inhabitants are nine children.
Only one thing ever changes on the island. Once a year, a boat comes to take away the eldest child, and this year it is Deen’s turn to leave. Deen is Jinny’s best friend, The magical thing about the boat and the island is that when the oldest child leaves a new child arrives. This way there are only ever nine kids and it has always been this way. The children have no idea why or how this happens.
When Deen leaves Jinny is the new elder and responsible for the new arrival, Ess. Jinny has to teach Ess everything she needs to know about survival on the island so that when it's Jinny’s turn to leave, Ess will be ready, but will Jinny be ready to leave the only home she has ever known?
This book is everything you would want in a good book, not at all scary, but it is filled with tension, cliff hangers and there is no yucky romance stuff! It has great characters and an amazing plot. Laurel Snyder (The Author) really makes you feel like you are actually there - one of the children on the island.
I totally recommend this book for 10-13-year-olds.
So all in all Orphan Island is an amazing book!
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