by Laurel Snyder
Imagine a beautiful island far out in the sea. Then, imagine 11 children living alone on this island, using their survival skills to hunt food and care for themselves. These orphans are quite happy and have no memory of where they came from. They all just showed up one year, alone on a boat that comes to shore. When the boat comes to bring a new child, the eldest child must leave on the boat. It’s always been this way. But what happens when one of the children refuses to leave? What will happen to the island? This is a remarkable coming of age realistic-fantasy story. Recommended for Grades 5-8.