Though this novel is intended for younger readers, adults will enjoy it as well and will see more of the allegory in it.
I'd read that this book was like a Diana Wynne Jones book, so I expected a twist at the end, and while there was a twist it was foreshadowed too much to be a surprise.
Emily and Daniel just seemed so much older than they were that when they actually did act like kids, it was jolting and hard to believe.
While the storyline itself shows much promise it does not have the follow through needed to make it a truly good book. The characters are underdeveloped and lacking in depth. Read morePublished on June 21, 2012 by TheLastCoyote
Roderick Townley writes an action filled and suspenseful book where three curious children seek to explore the mysteries of an island.
The book is for ages 9-12. Read more
Daniel has an unusual problem, he cannot lie. He definitely tries but gets ill before he can. This causes him all sorts of trials and embarrassments. Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by Skylark Thibedeau
Just to add to the other reviews, this book offers a fine story for a tween audience. It balances action with the characters' consideration of the consequences of what happens, and... Read morePublished on May 31, 2011 by Thomas A. Holmes
Just outside the sleepy town of Everwood lies an island surrounded by quicksand, choking vines, poison oak, and snake infested water. Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by The Three Woods
This book does a lot to revive the imagining that was so important in my family growing up. It is greatly needed.Published on May 19, 2011 by Kenton K. Cecil
"Behind an invisible door lies an impossible secret."
When my son first started reading "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (he was 11 at the time), I asked him what... Read more
Townley certainly had the best of intentions when he wrote this book. There's a lot of heart behind the story, and he makes a great try of it with lovely writing and a neat enough... Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by Emily J. Morris
The story of three children and their effort to save their quiet town from paranoid military invaders and protect their magic island. Read morePublished on April 13, 2011 by LRK