Article Title

Orphan Island


Emilee Bell


Excellent, Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult, Coming Of Age, Adventure, Imagination, Friendship, Orphan, Outdoors

Document Type

Book Review


Nine orphans live together on a magical island and every year, a small child skims across the sea to trade places with the oldest child and is mentored by the oldest child left. Blue-eyed Jinny struggles with wide-eyed Ess, but ultimately rebels from the law passed down by oral tradition that the Elder must leave upon arrival of a new child. Little by little, the magic of the island turns into curses until the ultimate horror happens: the new small one is bitten by a once-gentle snake. It’s in the emergency that Jinny realizes that she must forget about what she wants and leave the island to save another.