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Orphan Island

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Staff Review: "Orphan Island" by Laurel Snyder

★★★★★

Jinny knows that the Changing will happen sometime soon, and her best friend, Deen, the eldest, will be whisked away in a self-propelled green boat and a new young child will be deposited to join the eight left on the island. Then Jinny will be the new "Eldest" and it will be her job to take care of and teach the brand new youngest child, Ess, (since there are no adults on the island) before the green boat comes back to take her away at the next Changing. The problem is, Jinny doesn’t want to go. As she feels her time getting closer, Jinny discovers telling letters from a former child on the island, and notices strange things about how the island does or doesn’t work, and how it's changing. Can she stay in the only world, with the only people she has ever known, or will she let go and risk everything to go somewhere, not knowing where or who will be there? This compelling tween book swept me along like an ocean tide as I kept tuning pages to discover the outcome of Jinny and this unusual world. I will admit, I wasn’t quite sure what the ending would be (although it was ever-present in my mind), or if I would like it.  

Audience: children, tweens | Genre: fiction

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