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The Island Keeper Mass Market Paperback – June 15, 1982


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (June 15, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044094774X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440947745
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Tired of being fat, rich, and miserable, Cleo Murphy runs away, desperate to prove herself.

Her destination is a deserted island her father owns in Canada. She is determined to stay and survive, through her supplies are scanty and she knows nothing about living out of doors.

As the summer months pass, Cleo does fend for herself, and finally she feels ready to face her family on the mainland. But by a cruel twist of fate her canoe is destroyed, and instead she must prove herself again and face the brutal Canadian winter.

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Tired of being fat, rich, and miserable, Cleo Murphy runs away, desperate to prove herself.



Her destination is a deserted island her father owns in Canada. She is determined to stay and survive, through her supplies are scanty and she knows nothing about living out of doors.



As the summer months pass, Cleo does fend for herself, and finally she feels ready to face her family on the mainland. But by a cruel twist of fate her canoe is destroyed, and instead she must prove herself again and face the brutal Canadian winter.

More About the Author

Harry Mazer is the author of many books for young readers, including A Boy at War and A Boy No More, which introduced Adam Pelko; The Wild Kid; and Snow Bound. His books have won numerous honors, including the Horn Book Honor List and the ALA Best Books for Young Adults citations. He is the recipient of the ALAN Award. Harry Mazer lives in New York City and Montpelier, Vermont.

Harry Mazer says, "After I finished A Boy at War, I wanted to write about Adam Pelko again, but what was the story to be? It wasn't until after the tragedies of September eleventh that I found the focus I needed to continue his story." Periods of war and national emergency have never been kind to personal liberties. In the aftermath of September eleventh many Arab and Muslim Americans find themselves under suspicion and their rights jeopardized. In some ways this is what happened after Pearl Harbor, when Japanese Americans were demonized and their rights were trampled. I know that history never simply repeats itself, but I hope that through Adam and Davi's story readers will recognize the parallels--and the perils."

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While I was in middle school I checked the book out numerous times.
Heather Deitchman
I started reading this book (I barely read anymore, I haven't read a book in over a year) and I completely fell in love.
Jackie Long
I recommend this book to any teenager or adult looking for an escape.
Jenny Flowers (JjenFlo@aol.com)

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Heather Deitchman on August 27, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While I was in middle school I checked the book out numerous times. I loved the book. I loved Cleo, I loved her story and her strength. I even knew the exact location of that book and what the hardcover picture looked like. Move on in time to high school and college and every so often I would scour for the book (the title of which I had forgotten but I knew the authors last name began with an 'M'.) So finally after finishing college I went back to my old town and asked to go into the junior high library. I found the book. On the same shelf, same location and with me being the last person to have checked it out.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Flowers (JjenFlo@aol.com) on April 4, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book when I was in ninth grade. Ever since, I have kept Cleo's experience on that beautiful island in my heart. When I began college memories from the book kept resurfacing. I knew I had to find it! I couldn't remember the author's name or the title, so my search was pretty close to hopeless. Finally, after asking many librarians and looking through endless card catalouges over 8 years, I accidentally found it in January while using the WWW.AMAZON.Com search engines. I ordered it immediately and read it as soon as I recieved it. To read it again now as a 28 year old was a whole new adventure, but it also brought back old memories and feelings that I had as a 14 year old. I recommend this book to any teenager or adult looking for an escape. The experiences that Cleo goes through are so real, and well-researched. I'm so glad to have found this wonderful book after such a long search!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wonderful book that I discovered in junior high. Several years later I bought a copy and this novel has become one of a treasured few I read again every year. The central character (indeed, practically the only character for most of the book) grows so much during her experience that you remember her life changes long after you put down the book. As always, great fast-moving, realistic storytelling from Harry Mazer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I bought it a week ago and finished it in 1 day. It was so intresting. Odd how someone like Cleo would just run away. She uses so much of her resources that its so amazing how she survives. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes nature, geography, etc. Actually, it's good for anyone practically.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book for the first time at age 14, and keep returning to it year after year. I'm now 25, and this book still has not lost its appeal. Anyone who has ever wanted to run away, felt fat and lonely and unable to do anything right, or simply likes a good story that is wholly believable, READ THIS BOOK
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Costa on February 23, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Out of the hundreds of books I have read through out my life, this book remains one of the most endearing to me. Maybe it is the way Cleo triumphs over her life troubles and struggles that I like. Or maybe it was something that I would have liked to do as a girl-escape and make my own pathway toward learning about myself. We are reading this book in our book review group in March 06 and I am so excited to share this with my adult friends who maybe by reading it will have gained an appreciation for this young 16 year old hero.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NurseGirl on May 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Reading through the other reviews I notice that most are from women and how much this book impacted our young lives. I read this book over and over again (along with Cold River another survival tale). I think it was the strength in this character and her knack at learning survival skills that always pulled me in to reread it. I would still sit and read this book in fact I think I might have to splurge for a used copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beth hanson on March 23, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this book needs to be released on kindle, so more generations can enjoy it. Loved this book as a young teen, but could not remember the author's name.
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