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Wild Man Island Hardcover – April 16, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of Will Hobbs's wilderness adventure novels will welcome his Wild Man Island. Its hero, 14-year-old Andy Galloway, kayaks his way through an Alaskan strait and ends up on Admiralty Island on a quest inspired by the death of his archeologist father.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 5-9-Set in contemporary Alaska, this adventure yarn follows 14-year-old Andy as he nears the safe conclusion of a guided sea kayaking trip with the nagging thought that he ought to visit the nearby site of his father's accidental death nine years earlier. Sneaking off from the group on the last day, he is soon blown away by a nasty storm. Washed ashore on wild and remote Admiralty Island, he faces starvation, food poisoning, cold, bears, wolves, and the mysterious bearded giant of a man he calls "the Wild Man." Neatly tying together strands of the plot involving his archaeologist father's theories about the early exploration and settlement of North America with episodes that involve caving, wildlife, and a huge Newfoundland dog, Hobbs resolves the story's complexities in ways that protect the characters' integrity and, to a large extent, readers' need for credibility. The author's note explains the mixture of personal experience and collected facts and fictions on which the book hangs in such a way that interested readers might well be persuaded to speculate about the theories posited or investigate those theories with additional research of their own.
Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (April 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688174736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688174736
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book was written by Will Hobbs, who's also written Down the Yukon, Jason's Gold, The Maze, Ghost Canoe, and Far North. The story is about a boy who's father was an archeologist. Years ago Andy's father was on a trip in Alaska trying to find evidence of the firs people in north America. He was with another person but he slipped and fell. Now Andy was in Alaska looking for the Island that this father had died on. He's on a kayaking trip with a group of people but during a storm Andy is swept way off course and lands on what seems to be a deserted island. Until he sees a mysterious man with wild looking beard and dressed in bark and animal skins. Andy decides to find out who the man really is while trying to survive wind, rain, and mind numbing cold, along with the local grizzly bears.

One of the strong points of this book is the suspense. There's always twisted that keep you reading and wanting to find out what happens next. The book also seems really realistic. Will Hobbs seems to know a lot about the outdoors and surviving and you can tell in the way he writes this book. I've never read any of his other books but after this one I think that I would enjoy another of his books.

There was one thing that I didn't like about this book was that there wasn't really a whole lot of action. There was plenty of suspense, like I said before but the suspense was more from the plot and not from something that is physically happening to Andy. He never really gets in any fights or any action like that. Otherwise this book was great and I would recommend it to anyone who likes outdoors books.
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A Kid's Review on May 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
For my Amazon Book Review, I read the book Wild Man Island. It is about 14-year old Andy Galloway taking a trip to Alaska with a group to see the amazing humpback whales. One night, while the tour guides are asleep, he sneaks out and kayaks to the island where his father died trying to solve the mystery of the first Americans, and of course to see the whales in action. But on the way back, he gets caught in a storm, which takes him to Admiralty Island. What he doesn't know, however, is that there is a man on the deserted island who could help him, and with the help of his dog, Bear, leads Andy to a cave where danger, suspense, and mystery await him.
The author has written the book in such a descriptive way, it takes the reader into Andy's adventure: the woods, the amazing cave explanation, the wild man. It is amazing! All the details and explanations were so well written, it was like a mini movie in my head imagining what happens next in the story. But in all books, there are parts you don't like. I didn't really like the fact that there were so many details about what Andy thinks, I felt like skipping pages when some chapters were like that. Some of the information was too much.

I like Wild Man Island, because there is danger, excitement, and mystery waiting for me to read in every page. When I first read this book, I couldn't put the book down. It was so thrilling, I finished the book in two days. I thought to myself, this is an exciting book from the first page to the last. Every chapter I read kept
getting more and more mysterious and suspenseful. I rate this book with five stars. I recommend this book to all readers who like adventure and excitement all in one.
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Format: Paperback
My Side of the Mountain, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and Hatchet are classical survival books for kids. Wild Man Island is a survival book for a new generation. Like all the books by Hobbs, these high interest books are perfect for reluctant readers. Set on the islands of Alaska, a teenager becomes lost while on a kayak adventure.
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A Kid's Review on April 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
It's about a 14 year old boy Andy Galloway. On the last day of a Sea Kayak trip Andy paddles away from the group. He wants to go to a place where his father, an archeologist died, only a few miles away. A sudden gust of wind on his way back to camp proples andy across the strait. He swims ashore onto Admiratty island, an immense wilderness of forests, animals, and lots of bears. When hope fades away, Andy doesn't know what to do. So he ventures deeper into the forest for food. He encounters a dog running with wolves, and later a man dressed in cedar bark clothing sees Andy. Later on the dog comes and leads Andy to the wildmans cave. Fear drives Andy into the cave and to an adventure of his lifetime.

Andy discovers what his father died trying to find. I would recomend it to people who like to read books that have a lot of adventure in them.

BY MOHAMAD AT DHS
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By A Customer on September 6, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I really liked how this book was able to keep you on the edge of your seat while giving you interesting history lessons,
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I have to say, that after reading "Wild Man Island" by Will Hobbs, I was honestly let down. I usually love adventure stories but this book just couldn't hold my attention. I kept waiting for the exciting parts to get me to want to read more but it never happened. Even the part when Andy, the main character, got caught in a horrendous storm, and ended up on an island known as The Fortress of The Bears. Also, when Andy encounters the `wild man'.

This all began when Andy took a kayak trip to Alaska. His father, an archeologist, had passed away on an island near where Andy and his group were located. When everyone decides to make camp and go to sleep, Andy had an idea to borrow a kayak and go to the island where his father died. He thought about all the good times his father and him shared. Andy knew it was getting late and thought he'd better get back to his group so he left the island and started paddling back, when he got caught in the shocking storm. The storm blew him off track, causing him to land on an island with no food, no shelter, or a way to get a hold of anybody. This island was called The Fortress of The Bears, or Admiralty Island. Andy searches the island and faces many things. For example, he finds a Newfoundland dog, which had led him to the dog's owner or so called "master". This owner was known as the `wild man'. Andy wonders who this `wild man' is and what other hair-raising things he will come across. (Unfortunately, I didn't). I believe that I set my expectations high as to my reading selections and what I want from a book. Therefore, in all fairness, other readers may find 'Wild Man' interesting so I would recommend this book.

The excerpt from the inside cover leads the readers to believe that the book is so exciting. Yet in actuality, I feel that it sums up all the excitement in a nutshell and sets the readers up for boredom and disappointment.
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