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Dangerous Island Hardcover – 1956
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One of the 1956 Weekly Reader Children's Book Club selections, author Helen Mather-Smith Mindlin presents an authentic tale of land, air, and sea which delighted youngsters sixty years ago and still holds its charm.
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"Years ago, we read a book in Mrs Labbar's class. It was a great book, about three kids who get stranded on an island, and it seems to me there was a lot of gold on that island." Trouble was, I had no idea as to the title of the book. None whatsoever. So, slowly but surely, I began doing research to find out the name of the book. It wasn't easy. Finally, I came across someone on the internet who had read a great many children's books. "From what you have written to me, it sounds as if your book could have been Dangerous Island. "Dangerous Island!" That was it. Now I had to go about getting one. After may searches on ebay I found one which must have been sold originally through the Weekly Reader Bookclub, because the papperwork was all in it. I got it for a decent price on ebay as this book has become somewhat collectable and goes for at least $50 through a conventional bookseller. I was pleased to find out that it was as suspensfull today to this 40-something as it was to the little kids all those years ago. Like a book can do, it brought me back to a time in school when the pressure to excel hadn't yet set in, when the biggest decision of the day was "who will I play with at recess today?" In a way, this book is as much responsible for my adult love of reading as any I can think of. It is definitely a book of the era, and today's kids might scoff at it, but it brought me back to a simpler (and happier) period in my life, and for that I am grateful.