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The island has everything the children need: plentiful fish, nuts, berries, and beehives for honey.

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There are cabins for sleeping, a supply of clothing, and worn books to read. Even the animals are friendly. Everything is idyllic as long as the rules are followed. Jinny knows she is to blame and does the only thing she can think of to fix their broken world. The premise is intriguing, the writing is strong, and the tight pacing will keep readers fully engaged. For those looking for satisfying answers, however, no explanation is ever given for the adultless island, where the boats come from, or what force holds the island together. Why were the children sent to the island in the first place?

Where do they go when they leave? For the philosophically inclined, the unanswered questions offer much to ponder and discuss. For more literal-minded young readers, the story is apt to feel unfinished. Horn Book Nine children live alone on an idyllic island. Every year, a small green boat arrives, taking away the oldest child and bringing another new inhabitant. After her good friend Deen leaves, new Elder Jinny becomes a reluctant mentor to most recent arrival Ess, a small child who remembers a mother left behind in the mysterious outside world. Jinny fin Nine children live alone on an idyllic island.


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User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Adult Written by enroutetowandering January 27, Sweet story of the struggle of growing up My main motivation for this review is to counter the other review found here. I heartily disagree with the opinions expressed in that review. I found this to be Continue reading. Report this review. Parent Written by grandmareader December 2, Strange and haunting tale of growing up on a kids-only island This book surprised me since I've seen it on several lists for year olds.

It is NOT appropriate on so many levels. The ending leaves you dissatisfied Kid, 10 years old December 15, Very touching book! Very emotional. I was on the verge of crying. It is just like a family with a lot of children and the oldest has to take care of them, except for there are more