Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Orphan Island

From acclaimed author Laurel Snyder comes a deep, compelling, heartbreaking, and completely one-of-a-kind novel about nine children who live on a mysterious island.On the island, everything is perfect. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their cabins, i...

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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:288 pages

Orphan Island Reviews

  • Michele Knott
    Dec 28, 2016

    Beautiful.

    I was captivated by the story, by the themes, by the writing.

  • Laurel
    Dec 15, 2016

    I've spent years dreaming this book, staring at walls and ceilings and clouds, and trying to wish it into being. I've drawn it in colored pencils and painted it in watercolors. I've scribbled it on notepads and the backs of grocery lists.

    It's a huge gift to see it published. I'm proud and nervous and happy. I hope you all like it.

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  • Patrick
    Dec 29, 2016

    A perfect book to read on vacation. I loved everything about it. Powerful story and an ending that leaves your heart aching. Look for it in May of 2017...

  • Aliza Werner
    May 29, 2017

    Oh, how I loved this book. A standout, an original, from many others. This is the type of book that makes me think, dig deeper into its symbolism and meaning. A layered picture of the transition from childhood to adulthood.

  • Hannah
    Apr 19, 2017

    THIS BOOK. ORPHAN ISLAND perfectly evokes the feeling of standing on the cusp of adolescence--the strong emotion, the forgetting, and the loneliness that comes along so suddenly and with so much force are all there, swirling and clouding within and around Jinny. Snyder is a master of painting with words--when you read ORPHAN ISLAND, you are ON the island, you ARE Jinny. A beautiful, moving ode to the pain and the marvel of growing up.

  • Sara
    Mar 10, 2017

    Could there be a sequel? The ending makes sense, but I have so many other questions about what happened.

  • Zazu
    Jan 15, 2017

    I don't really understand how this book is so good. It feels like the author somehow managed to subvert my mind in its opinions of what makes a page-turner, what makes for good emotional investment, what makes something compelling or beautiful or fun or terrifying or sad or happy or simple or complex.

    Snyder has managed to mold not only a stunning gem of a story, but also her readers' minds, as we follow Jinny's progression from stubborn certainty to uneasy uncertainty. In her story, we can see r

    I don't really understand how this book is so good. It feels like the author somehow managed to subvert my mind in its opinions of what makes a page-turner, what makes for good emotional investment, what makes something compelling or beautiful or fun or terrifying or sad or happy or simple or complex.

    Snyder has managed to mold not only a stunning gem of a story, but also her readers' minds, as we follow Jinny's progression from stubborn certainty to uneasy uncertainty. In her story, we can see reflected the truth of every childhood: that we must inevitably grow older, and that growing older isn't inherently good, or bad, but it is uncertain, and that feeling can be both liberating and claustrophobic. Why does change happen? Is change good or bad? Did I cause it? Can I undo it? Can I ignore it? Does change work the same for everyone else? What comes next? And is it okay to

    know?

    In a book where there are no explosions or kidnappings or even some good old fashioned hocus pocus, this book is nonetheless terrifically gripping. It is wise. It is perfect.

    Recommended for all humans 9 and up. **Teachers/education admin who have any say in classroom curricula... take note. You want this one.

    (And if you're reading the description, or even the title, "orphan island" and having terrifying "lord of the flies" flashbacks, let me assure you that this is, in fact, totally, totally different.)

  • Beth
    May 14, 2017

    Please oh please let there be a sequel!

    For people who scoff at adults who read and study children's literature because it isn't literary enough, this is one of the first books I will point them to. There are so many unanswered questions in this book and important themes that will lead to quality discussions with students. This would be a fantastic story for book clubs or literature circles.

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