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Shipwreck (Island #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  3,721 ratings  ·  279 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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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
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.
ALEX!!!! Hulbert
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
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
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)
Raevyn ~I Stand For Jesus~
I just read it for the third or fourth time and it's still amazing.
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
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.


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
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
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
Excalibur Snape
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
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
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
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
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
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

The six teens are sailing to the ocean of Guam on the schooner called, Phoenix. There's a captain who lead children. The main characters are Luke, Lyssa, Will, Ian, J.J. and Charla. The reason why they have to go there is they have a lot of problems and bad habits that they have to fix for their futures. So six parents decide to send the children to the ‘ phoenix ’. At first the six children and their parents think if they send their children to the phoenix then ever
So... Where to start. I think Gordon Korman is a master at action and his book series all have a lot of it. He also has distinct characters - I never worry about mixing up character, forgetting who is who. But something about this series didn't grab me the way that his Kidnapped series grabbed me. I don't know what it was, but I didn't believe the action in this book quite the same way as I believed it in the other series. I kept thinking of this book, The Life of Pi while I was reading this. Th ...more
Bailee Super
This book is about a group of adolescent kids who are deemed "bad" by the court system or who have committed a crime or, in some of the kids case, they were just sent on a trip on a boat that is supposed to straighten them out. They are to cross the sea on an excursion where they are to take care of the boat and learn manners in hopes to become better citizens and to get along with their siblings better. The boat ends up in a terrible storm which throws the captain overboard to his death. The bo ...more
Jean Ann
When thirteen-year-old Luke Haggardy is falsely accused of a felony, the judge enrolls him in a program for troubled teens called Charting a New Course to help him become a better person. There he meets Will and Lyssa Greenfield, feuding siblings; J.J. Lane, the spoiled son of a famous movie star, Charla Swann, a burnt out athlete and Ian Sikorsky, a nerdy couch potato addicted to the Discovery Channel. These contrasting characters are expected to learn teamwork by sailing a boat called the Phoe ...more
Makenzie Massengale
In this book shipwreck, it's about six kids from Guam that go on a boat trip to learn the meaning of "teamwork". The six kids are will, and he is 13 years old, Lyssa, she is 12 years old, Luke, 13 years old, Charla, 12 years old, Ian, 11 years old,and JJ, and he is 14 years old. After they left Guam on their boat trip, a severe storm hit. The storm damages the boat a lot and the storm washes the captain overboard. After the storm, the kids tried to fix the engine but the engine blew, and the who ...more
Sam S
Dec 15, 2014 Sam S added it
This book wasn't as good as all the other books Gordon Korman has made like this. The book was a little slow.
This book started out as six kids on a boat and then get shipwrecked on an island.The kids are stranded and stuck on this island until anyone finds them. If they had any phones they would be completely useless on this island because there is no cell phone reception. It is just them and no body else.
I would recommend this book to 6-8 graders. As I said this book was descent.
Gordon Korman impresses me again! I have loved his books since I was a kid, and have read a few of his newer titles off and on since, and though they have always entertained me, they never quite captured the magic that the ones I read as a kid did. Shipwreck did that for me. Though the story isn't new, and the characters aren't developed too much yet, the complete package is an exciting ride that is packed with real danger. I've read a lot of fantasy stories where there is action action action a ...more
I'll review the three book series as a whole here.
In a nutshell, a mismatched batch of young teens are sent by their parents on one of those "shock 'em into better behavior" experiences: in this case, a several week voyage on a small vessel. The ship, unsurprisingly, sinks. The kids are left to try to survive on an apparently deserted jungle island that turns out to have a number of secrets of its own.
I enjoyed it - enough to seek out and purchase the last book separately so I could finish the

Jason Cornwell-Wright/ English 2A

The genre of this book is suspense/thriller. The lexile is 610. This book is kind of boring. I imagine that the other books in this series will be more interesting. I wasn't clear on many things mentioned in the book like the characters. I also was confused on what had happened to whom. It was not a book I would recommend to most people but it also depends on your preferences. I give this book 2 out of 5 stars.
Six kids come together in a sailing program for difficult kids. None of them want to be there and they don't get along well but there they are, required to spend a month together learning about sailing as they sail around the South Pacific--learning to work together; learning to work period in some cases. And then comes a huge storm, the adults disappear, the boat sinks, and the kids become shipwrecked on a deserted island.

Over a very short time, the kids learn that each one of them has gifts wh
Zach Moore
This book is fantastic. I love it and I read it in one day. I loved how Gordon Korman writes and explains about the characters. He really develops them well and you really get to know each persons style of thinking and how they act. The idea that you would have all of those different personalities on one boat would just be crazy. I cant wait to see how the next book will turn out. Island is an amazing novel.
Jack T.
This is a really good book!! It is the first book out of three in the Island series. 6 kids get sent to Guam for this program called Charting a New Course. There they must spend a month on a boat called the Pheonix. They will learn discipline, respect and teamwork. Read the book to find out the rest. It is jam packed with action and conflict!! It is also very exciting and I like exciting books. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes action and lots of excitement an drama.
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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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