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Shipwreck (Island #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,353 Ratings  ·  315 Reviews
Six kids. One fate.
They didn't want to be on the boat in the first place. They were sent there as a character-building experience. But now that the adults are gone, the quest for survival has begun. This first book in a suspenseful survival trilogy delivers the gripping drama of people battling the elements to younger readers.
Paperback, 129 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published October 12th 1975)
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Jul 25, 2008 Carrie rated it did not like it
A bunch of unlikable, incredibly stupid children end up on a boat together and continue to do stupid things until they cause a shipwreck in the middle of the Pacific. I really don't like books where the suspense comes from the characters being dumb.
Caitlyn Scott
Jun 02, 2015 Caitlyn Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was short but really good. It was full of action and intensity because their boat catches on fire and the main captain died and the co-captain left them and took the safety raft.
Christian Avila
Sep 29, 2015 Christian Avila rated it it was amazing
What would do if you were drowning on a boat in the Pacific Ocean? Could u swim for days? How would you feel? Would you give up or try to survive? The genre of the book is realistic fiction.I think it was a pretty good book.

Shipwreck took place in the Pacific Ocean. It was about 6 kids that were behaving bad at home and were send to a camp where they work and think about all the bad things they have done and 2 captains that were trapped on a boat in a big storm in the Pacific Ocean. The conflict
ALEX!!!! Hulbert
May 28, 2014 ALEX!!!! Hulbert rated it really liked it
There is six kids sent onto a boat, which crashes. There names are:Luke, J.J. Will, Lyssa, Charla, and Ian. They all didn't want to be on the boat in the first place. They were sent there as a character-building experience, because they were bad kids and didn't get along with anyone. The ship they are on drives into a storm and the boat wrecks. The killed all of the adults. The kids end up on a deserted island. So now the survival tactics begin. The only problem is none of the kids like eachothe ...more
Nov 06, 2008 Kara added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Recommended to Kara by: My teacher Mrs. Harshaw
This book is very interesting. If you like islands and what to do about suviving on it with just you and your friends, then i recommend this to those. In shipwrecked there are alot of conflicts. I like The smart kid Arnney the most because he watches the discovery channel alot and knows what to do. I didnt like the dark skinnedgirl. She had a bad atitude and snotty. If this book was made into a movie i would love to act out Andrew. You arnt reallt able to to predict what happens in the end. I th ...more
May 30, 2009 Victoria rated it really liked it
I have my 4th grade teacher to thank for reading this book aloud to us in class...the adventure immediately swept me up.

Luke Haggerty is on a boat trip he never wanted to be on...a correctional journey for problem kids that need work to whip them into shape. But Luke is innocent, falsely accused of stashing a gun in his locker. His fellow crew members are no better off...Will and Lissa, whose sibling rivalry is ferociously violent, Ian, who watched too much TV, Charla, who was too into sports tr
Timothy D
Oct 31, 2015 Timothy D rated it really liked it
The book was great!!! This book is about six kids who are stranded on an island. All of the adults have died and they need to learn how to survive on their own, but they had to learn how to get along with each other first.
Oct 28, 2014 Amanda added it
Classic story of shipwrecked kids, but very well written! I caught myself gripping my steering wheel with white knuckles at one point (I listened to the audio book)
Oct 30, 2015 Josh rated it really liked it
a bold theme of hope and perserverince
Gordon Korman's Island has six main protagonists. Six. However, as always, Korman makes the large cast work and gives all of them a distinctive voice. The premise is that, for one reason or another, the six have been sent to a sailing program to build character as an alternative to being sent to jail. There's Luke, the protagonist, who has been unfairly sentenced because a gun was planted in his locker; a pair of twins-Will and Alyssa- whose fights end with concussions and broken bones; Ian, a t ...more
May 15, 2014 #juice added it
Moore, Jeffrey
English, P:1

Island is a book about 6 kids. The kids were in a dangerous shipwreck and are now stranded on a deserted island. However, the kids didn't want to go on the ship in the first place. And now that they are stuck on this island together they either have to figure out a way to get off the island or survive there. This is now all about survival.
I honestly think people really should go and read this book. It's very intense and keeps you wondering what's going to
Nov 01, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it
Great first book in an exciting adventure trilogy from Gordon Korman, one that I'm sure Jeff Probst tried and failed miserably at copying in his Stranded trilogy. Both books have a group of teenagers on a boat in the Pacific (6 in this book, 4 in Stranded), that are sent there by their parents for some kind of learning/bonding experience. Both have only two adults on board the boat, a captain and first mate. Both encounter a fierce storm where the adults are separated from the kids. The kids end ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Jon rated it liked it
Short and sweet.
Luke R
Jun 04, 2015 Luke R rated it really liked it
The book island book 1: shipwreck, by Gordon Korman is a intriguing fiction book about how 6 kids who have various trials and issues that lead them to be stuck on a boat for a program called Charting a New Course (CNC). Their different problems vary from having guns at school, to simply fighting with your own sibling. Captain James Cascadden runs the program and is in charge alongside his first mate Mr. Radford. He makes his delinquents scrub the deck, and do many chores whose purpose is to help ...more
Feb 24, 2016 Ethan rated it it was ok
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Mar 31, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
a heart pounding adventure to start a trilogy. kept me turning the pages all the way through and immediately reaching for book 2. some of these characters are so annoying I want to hit them but then because of the ship wreck that happens I feel bad about those feelings.this reminds me a little bit of the survivors series by Jeff Probst.
Tales Untangled
Feb 12, 2016 Tales Untangled rated it really liked it
There are a large number of fantasy books for tween readers that have been written since the Harry Potter series. My kids have had a harder time finding series that feel more realistic that they enjoy. The Island series by Korman was written in 2001 and is realistic. (Ok, actually Korman has the characters note how unlikely it is that all these tragic events would happen to them, so it really could be called a fantasy, but there are no dragons, magic or supernatural phenomenon.)

I was glad to se
David Kra
Apr 01, 2016 David Kra rated it liked it
This is book one of the series "island", the book is called "shipwreck" written by Gordon Korman. This book is about a group of kids who have been misbehaving, so their parents sent them to a program called CNC. This program is lead by a captain and someone else. This program on a boat, and without parents on board. They have to face many challenges. The way they acted on the boat lead to many miscues. A big thing they had to deal with were the huge waves. Is the boat going to have problems in t ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Fictionboy rated it really liked it


I was not expecting much out of a 100 page middle-grade read about six kids sinking in what seems to be a large sail boat without adult supervision, due to a drowned captain and a swim-away mate, because of unwanted behavior and suspicious actions. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy breezing through this book, and although being "shipwrecked" is a popular middle-grade novel plot, Gordon Korman put a twist to his story to change up the typical plot line.
This is the se
Debra Daniels-zeller
Apr 16, 2016 Debra Daniels-zeller rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I can't recall where I heard about this book. It arrived for me at the library and, I'd wondered why I'd put it on my list. But after I read it, I was amazed. The characters and story development in this book were simple, easy to see and made you want to follow them. The story has all the elements of a great survival story, told in fiction. The characters aren't likable but it does well for the plot to make them unlikable. Will we come to like them for some trait? Who is going to get along? Who ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Fahula rated it really liked it
A fast-paced adventure sure to be enjoyed by reluctant reader teenaged boys! As is typical of Korman, he presents us with a varied cast of characters, so there's easily at least one character that a reader can connect with. There is subtle humour here, but this novel is more action-based than humour-based like Korman's typical Bruno and Boots type books. I would strongly recommend having the entire series on hand before reading this! It really doesn't end, so much as it pauses before the next bo ...more
Jun 01, 2014 Roxanne rated it really liked it
It's kind of hard for me to review this book. When I was about 9(?) this was my favourite book ever. I adored this series more than any other book I had read before.

Coming back as an adult though, this isn't a complete book. All three together form a single book that's been split up because that's acceptable for the genre. I don't think it bothered me as much when I was 9 as it does now. It's irritating because I can tell that it's one book in three parts.

I would definitely recommend this series
Kevin Topolovec
Jun 20, 2016 Kevin Topolovec rated it it was amazing
My absolute favorite book series when I was twelve. Do with that what you will.
Excalibur Snape
Apr 06, 2015 Excalibur Snape rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
This book is a so so read.
The characters aren't very likeable.
I didn't like any of the characters.
They all got on my nerves and they aren't very interesting.
This is a middle grade book.
You can read it in one setting.
It can hold your attention for that long.
Once you put it down you won't remember what it is about.
It's like any other shipwreck book or movie out there.
There is nothing that really makes it stand out.
Don't think I will finish the series because I don't really have anything invested i
Dec 03, 2014 Jmachadodacruz8 rated it liked it
A group of kids who didn't get on well with each other and always fought got sent to a special camp tho put these kids onto a boat and they have to survive only using each other. All of these kids didn't want to be here because they would rather be doing their own things. Since they all wanted their way none of them did anything the boat started to flood. But luckily the captain was on board to help them with that. After the caption helped them with that, a huge storm came hovering over them, th ...more
Kaden Lacey
I think it was interesting because it's an adventure book and it's interesting when they are in trouble but they find an amazing plan to get out. I think someone else would like this book if they like adventure like this. The main characters are Luke, Ian, will, JJ, lyssa, and charla. Those six kids were stranded with no food, no water, and no shelter, so they had to build and work for all that stuff. JJ at first thought it was a movie then way in the story he figured out it wasn't but they were ...more
Jul 14, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
I almost put this on my abandon ship shelf, because that is what they did in the book.

So there are six kids out on a boat to learn responsibility and teamwork. They're all there for different reasons, but the boat is part of a program that uses sailing to help kids with issues.
-Luke was arrested for possession of a gun. It wasn't his and he didn't put it there, but it was the boat or juvie.
-Will and Lyssa are a brother-sister pair who fight--not regular sibling fights, though. They send each oth
Feb 01, 2011 Sophie rated it really liked it
First, the story opens with the main character named Luke, who is not the most typical boy. He’s not into the stuff boys like; he likes maps and learning about important people such as Albert Einstein. Next, his parents send Luke on a survival challenge where he meets JJ, Will, Lyssa, Charla and Ian. While they are all very different, one thing they have in common is that all of their parents sent them to an unknown island, because they didn’t want them around anymore. After that, they meet the ...more
Matthew Hall
Mar 15, 2012 Matthew Hall rated it liked it
Island, Book One: Shipwreck
By: Matthew Hall

The book Shipwreck was a good adventure packed book. In the book Shipwreck, there are two captains of a ship called the Phoenix, and they take young youths that give their parents lots of trouble and need to be away from them. There are six juvenile children in this trip and their names are Luke, Ian, Will, J.J., Lyssa, and Charla. The two captains of this ship and the main captain is Captain Cascadden and Radford. They are sailing out into the Pacific
Mar 22, 2010 Jelinas rated it it was ok
These books were such an easy read that I was able to finish the entire trilogy in one day.

Gordon Korman's Island series wasn't as fun for me as his Everest series -- possibly because the plot was a little less believable, in my opinion.

But the first book starts off in a promising way. It opens on Luke Haggerty, who's being sent on a sailing excursion called "Charting a New Course". He was framed by a classmate who brought a gun to school and is being forced to participate in the program as part
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Korman wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall", when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game", wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

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Island (4 books)
  • Survival (Island, #2)
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  • Island Boxset (Island, #1-3)

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