Article Title

Orphan Island


Amanda Bishop


Outstanding, Intermediate, Childhood, adventure, survival

Document Type

Book Review


Once a year a boat arrives, delivering a child and taking one away. This is the nature of life on the mysterious island inhabited only by children. Jinny is now the oldest child on the island, and the newest arrival, Ess, is in her charge. Jinny ponders what it means to be a role model and teacher to the young girl and debates what it means to leave the island and the only family she has ever known. Life progresses on the island and Jinny finds herself growing older and more different than her peers. When the boat returns a year later with a new charge and it is Jinny’s turn to leave the island, she rebels and decides to stay. Things start to go awry on the island, including Jinny’s own emerging adolescence. They all soon discover that Jinny must leave the island for things to regain their balance or they will all be destroyed.