Excellent, Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult, Coming Of Age, Adventure, Imagination, Friendship, Orphan, Outdoors
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.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39:
4, Article 67.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss4/67