Thursday, May 7, 2009

Island--Book One: Shipwreck

Island--Book One: Shipwreck

Written by Gordon Korman

Publisher: Scholastic, Apple Paperbacks, 2001

ISBN #: 978-0-439-16456-6

Six students who are challenges to their schools and parents have boarded a ship as part of a program called Charting a New Course. Their ship is severely damaged when a storm strikes while they at sea. When they can no longer stay on the ship, the kids abandon it and wind up stranded on a deserted island. Now with only each other, these students who don't work well with others must learn to rely on each other if they want to survive.
My Thoughts About This Book:
This fast-moving story is a perfect fit for someone who likes a story full of action. It is high interest, but a low readability level would make it ideal for a student who struggles with reading, or finding a just right book. Korman creates a tight story that moves quickly--almost as quickly as the storm that hits the ship. I thoroughly enjoyed this story--the only thing I did not like was that it left me hanging. I will definitely be tracking down books two and three in the series to find out how the kids handled being on the island alone. A satisfying adventure read.
Review Excerpts:
From "A hint of menace permeates Shipwreck, along with humor, angst, and mystery. Readers won't want to miss the continuation of the riveting saga in books 2 and 3."

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