Article Title

The Island of Beyond


Significant Shortcomings, Intermediate, Young Adult, homosexuality, mystery, coming of age

Document Type

Book Review


The mysterious Island of Beyond, partially owned by Martin’s even more mysterious Aunt Lenore, is Martin's assigned haven for the summer. Martin is an eleven-year-old boy with interests different than that of what his parents deem a “normal boy” should have, and he is therefore sent away for the summer to be with Aunt Lenore. While on the island, Martin meets a couple of interestingly different children and sneaking adults who share some of his underlying homosexual tendencies. Between his growing outside his comfort zone and his growing understanding of his pre-pubescent nature, Martin explores the uncertainties of his ever-changing world.