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Loon Island

3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  5 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Fourteen-year-old Alex O'Grady has tried to forget the past. But the past is hard to forget when everyone keeps reminding you of it. People stare at Alex, kids at school avoid him and customers at the restaurant where his mom works know exactly who she is and what happened to their family. Alex's mother decides that they need a break, so she takes Alex and his sisters to F ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Lobster Press
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Michelle Brandstetter
Loon Island is a story that begins with Alex, his mother, and two little sisters embarking on a family vacation to Loon Island which is one of thousands of small islands in the middle of the Lake of the Woods. He reluctantly accepts the friendship of another boy his age on vacation with his own family. As they notice odd occurrences and discover clues, the mystery of what happened the night Alex’s father died begins to unravel. His Uncle Carl, released early from prison for good behavior, has be ...more
It's a high interest/low level style of book for middle school/young adult, and it's pretty good. Fast paced, with enough adventure to keep you going. I find the flaw in these books lies in a lack of character development, purely due to the short length of the novel, and this one is no exception. The resolution is a little pat (again, due to the nature of the book), but it's a good read.
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Donna Firby Gamache is a retired teacher from rural Manitoba, who infuses her writing with a love of the outdoors. She has won several awards for her short stories, and her novels for young readers include Sarah: A New Beginning and Spruce Woods Adventure.
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