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Orphan Island Hardcover – May 30, 2017
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★ “Through the precocious Jinny, Snyder delivers a contemplative commentary on the transition from childhood to adolescence, and from ignorance to awareness.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Laurel Snyder has written a story that curls around the heart and pulls in tight—a meditation on the power and wisdom and closeness and sorrow of childhood. A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true. I loved every second of it.” (Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon)
“An elegant and thoughtful meditation on the joys and sorrows of growing up, with lyrical prose, characters that feel as alive as your dearest friends, and a vivid setting sure to enchant young readers. A work of extraordinary heart.” (Claire Legrand, author of Some Kind of Happiness)
“A visionary, poignant, astonishingly lovely fable of childhood and change. This is a book to lose yourself in, and to never forget.” (Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy)
“Orphan Island is a masterpiece—both timeless and immediate. Snyder’s book, like the island within it, contains all of the joys, wonders, and terrors of childhood. Every young reader needs this book; every grown reader needs it even more.” (Jonathan Auxier, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Gardener)
About the Author
Laurel Snyder is a poet, essayist, and author of picture books and novels for children, including Orphan Island, The Longest Night, Bigger than a Bread Box, and Seven Stories Up. She is also the editor of the nonfiction anthology Half/Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered. She lives in Atlanta with her family and can be found online at www.laurelsnyder.com.
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Orphan Island is sure to enchant readers young & old and leave them wanting more. The story telling in this novel is pure perfection. From the magical island to the complex characters - this book has a lot to offer. Much like LOST, readers will be pulled into this surreal world & begin asking questions about everything (and everyone). I was captivated from the first bell toll to the last page - my only wish is that there were more answers.
Laurel Snyder does a great job of building a world that is both believable & imaginative. I can't wait to discuss & share with kids! On my #MockNewbery list for 2018. Grades 4+.
My only complaint is that my copy, which I bought new, had some mysterious stain on one page.
The end however kept me hanging, but I read the author's blog after that and I realized that the ending could not be otherwise.