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Orphan Island (Hardcover)
Title: Orphan Island
Snyder has managed to not only shape a stunning story, but also open her readers' minds to the truths of every childhood. As we follow Jinny's progression from stubborn certsainty to uneasy uncertainty, we find ourselves asking the inevitable questions that come with growing up: why does change happen? Is change good or bad? Did I cause it? Can I undo it? Can I ignore it? Does change affect everyone the same way? What comes next? Is it okay to not know? Is it okay to not be okay?
Terrifically gripping. Fascinating. Simple and wise. Perfect!— From Zazu's Past Picks 2
A National Book Award Longlist title
"A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true." --Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon
"This is one of those books that haunts you long after you read it. Thought-provoking and magical." --Rick Riordan, RickRiordan.com
In the tradition of modern-day classics like Sara Pennypacker's Pax and Lois Lowry's The Giver 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, it is with full stomachs and joy in their hearts. And only one thing ever changes: on that day, each year, when a boat appears from the mist upon the ocean carrying one young child to join them--and taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again.
Today's Changing is no different. The boat arrives, taking away Jinny's best friend, Deen, replacing him with a new little girl named Ess, and leaving Jinny as the new Elder. Jinny knows her responsibility now--to teach Ess everything she needs to know about the island, to keep things as they've always been. But will she be ready for the inevitable day when the boat will come back--and take her away forever from the only home she's known?