When Janine’s parents win a vacation to a private island, it’s the same week as her and her twin brother’s 16th birthday. Cool! She can’t wait to lounge on the beach and let the staff pamper her! Much to her disappointment, though, they leave the island to go sightseeing on a boat. Unlike the rest of her family, bouncing around the ocean isn’t her idea of fun. Even when her brother gets their dad to stop the boat to investigate the neon sea creature that he is sure is following them--nothing. Losing her new red hat is the highlight of her trip until an unexpected storm hits, and they shipwreck on an uncharted island. After tending to some wounds from the crash, they search the island in hopes of finding human civilization. Although they don’t find what they are looking for, it appears they aren’t alone. When they return to their campsite---a fully cooked dinner is waiting for them! Why? And a better question is why did they eat it? It was as if they stepped into a fairytale-- or nightmare. Who is on the island with them and what do they want?
“Janine’s a die-hard Oakland A’s fan and the memories she shares of the games she’s watched in the Coliseum are inspired. Finn’s unusual island is a remarkable one, and the family’s explorations of the seemingly deserted island brought to mind the classic adventure tales of Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G. Wells and Jules Verne.”–Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
“With an adventure far beyond that of a shipwreck or treasure saga, teens will delight in a winding story line that requires only an interest in adventure and fantasy to prove an engrossing, compelling read, recommended for ages 9-16.”– D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“The author captures reader attention with detailed descriptions and wonderful images. The fairytale effect of the plot is enhanced by effective word choices which also make the story come alive.”– Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite
“One of the most successful things in the book is the atmospheric mood throughout. Initially, the island feels peaceful, sleepy, and safe. As the book goes on, it begins feeling darker, mysterious, and threatening. The island is truly its own character in this book.”–Portland Book Review
“With spunky characters and a creative storyline, An Unusual Island stands out, ensuring a special place on your list of favorite books.” –Sarah Guller, San Francisco Book Review