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Wild Man Island

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  340 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Andy is in a
world of trouble.On the last day of a sea kayaking trip in southeast Alaska, fourteen-year-old Andy Galloway paddles away from his group to visit the nearby site where his archaeologist father died trying to solve the mystery of the first Americans. A sudden, violent storm blows Andy's kayak off course and washes him ashore on Admiralty Island, an immense wilde
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by HarperCollins (first published 2002)
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Noah Prideaux
Oct 03, 2014 Noah Prideaux rated it really liked it
In the book Wild Man Island by Will Hobbs, Andy is on a kayak trip in Alaska searching for whales. On the last day of his trip he went to visit the island were his dad died. While on that island Andy realized that he misses his dad a lot. While on that island a massive storm came and blew him on a island called the fortress of the bears. When he is there he saw dogs and shortly after that he saw a weird man. Shortly after he sees him he vanishes into the forest. Leaving just him and the dogs. Th ...more
Ben E
Dec 13, 2012 Ben E rated it really liked it
Wild Man Island

Wild Man Island is a realistic fiction novel written by Will Hobbs that tells the story of Andy Galloway, age fourteen, who becomes lost on Admiralty Island. Andy sets off on a sea kayaking trip in southeastern Alaska, in search of his father’s final resting place. His father was an archeologist, investigating human beginnings in the Americas. Perched on a cliff overlooking a waterfall, he slipped and tumbled down the side. One night, Andy breaks away from the group on Baranof Is
Jul 27, 2014 Scott rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, survival
My son was reading this for school and I've always been a sucker for survival stories so I grabbed this after he was done. It was much more than I expected, which was good and bad.
The survival aspect failed entirely (which bummed me out because that was why I was reading the book) but that was by design as Hobbs morphed the story into one of hope and discovery.

I'd say this was your standard middle grades book that most any kid would enjoy. It doesn't translate over to adults as well but I enjoye
Apr 23, 2008 Everett rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adolescents, teachers
Another fine tale (in the adolescent literature genre) from Will Hobbs. The setting is Admiralty Island off the coast of Alaska. Although an unfortunate title for the book, there is plenty of substance. A young man, wrestling with the lost of his father some years ago, explores the past and present on his journey. The book has the right mix of current archeology and believable adventure to captivate the reader. This is a good classroom read or a fun independent adult quick-read if you enjoy the ...more
David L
Mar 03, 2016 David L rated it really liked it
Wild Man Island: An interesting book about a 14 teen-year-old Boy named Andy who get stranded on an island filled with bears. Andy was on a kayaking trip in Alaska to see whales, when he decides to secretly go slightly of course to visit the place where his dad died. After visiting the place of his father's death, Andy tries heading back to his group but gets swept off course with a storm. Andy has zero supplies and has to survive on an island full of bears. I liked how the book told us where An ...more
Haley Kondo
Feb 26, 2014 Haley Kondo rated it liked it
Wild Man Island by Will Hobbs tell the exciting adventure of fourteen-year-old Andy Galloway. Exploring the vast state of Alaska, Andy ventures off by himself to try and find out more about the place where his father died years ago. When he suddenly gets caught in a storm, he finds himself washed up on an island thick with wilderness, wolves, and bears. Andy has to fend for himself and try to stay alive until help comes for him. While on the island, Andy encounters many obstacles he has to face, ...more
Walter N
Feb 05, 2014 Walter N rated it really liked it
The theme of Wild Man Island is that if you want the respect of others, show why you should have it. This book takes place in southwestern Alaska on an island called admiralty. Despite it being 40 miles wide and 100 miles long, there is only one village, a small indian village named Angoon. It is mostly a dense forest with a few meadows and beeches. There are many ravens and wolves on the island. There are also many bears which is why the people of Angoon call the island"The fortress of bears". ...more
Dan H
Nov 02, 2014 Dan H added it
In the survival story Wild Man Island by Will Hobbs, Andy Galloway fights for his life in the Alaskan wilderness, finding many interesting discoveries along the way. Andy is on a vacation with his mother in Alaska. Andy's dad was an archeologist who died when he was on a find in Alaska. In the beginning, Andy travels out early one morning to find where his father may have died and got stuck in a river current and winds up on a deserted island. Andy tries to get back home and along the way he fin ...more
Marta-Kate Jackson
Jan 19, 2014 Marta-Kate Jackson rated it liked it
Shelves: tween, adventure
Hoping to finally lay eyes on the spot where his archeologist father fell to his death nine years before, fourteen-year-old Andy Galloway secretly breaks away from his Alaskan sea-kayaking group and attempts to traverse some of the most dangerous waters in the world. Despite being an advanced kayaker, Andy is swept far of course by a surprise gale and finds himself all alone on the wild island named Admiralty. The risks are great as Andy tries to find food, warmth, and rescue while avoiding mass ...more
Benjmin Torres
Mar 02, 2015 Benjmin Torres rated it really liked it
Benjamin Torres
Period 3/4

On the last day of a trip, fourteen-year-old kid named Andy Galloway is sailed away from his group which strand him on an island. He thinks he is alone, but he sees a pack of wolfs that has a dog in its pack. The dog leaves the pack and into a cave. Andy walks into the cave, and sees that there are stuff that are made by a person.
Dec 18, 2015 Jack rated it it was amazing
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Nick Jessop
Nov 21, 2013 Nick Jessop rated it it was ok
Wild Man Island written by Will Hobbs and takes place on the islands in western Alaska. Andy is on a whale watching trip on his kayak when a storm hits and he is he gets stranded on an island with a wild man. Andy is cold, hungry, tired and afraid of the wild man and he has to survive. I found out that Will Hobbs wrote this book because he likes adventures and nature so he wants to share how wild nature can be.

I connected with the book because I have been in big storms in small boats like Andy.
Theo kids
Oct 09, 2015 Theo kids rated it really liked it
Another slam dunk by Hobbs! A great adventure peppered with the complexities of human relationships. The archeological background added an intriguing element and I couldn't put it down! Fantastic writing with a purpose.
Oct 23, 2015 Nolan rated it liked it
I thought it was a good book, if you like action and adventure this is a good book for you. Also it has a great influence from the outdoors.
Oct 23, 2008 TheSaint rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Say you've been stranded on an island off Alaska for a week (with no food, fire, or shoes) and finally you were rescued by a passing helicopter. Would you a) kiss the ground the helicopter walks on; b) take the controls yourself and fly yourself out of there; or c) help the crew on their original mission then run back into the island without telling them. Andy chooses C. Andy has some issues with the "wild man" of the island, whom he meets under strange cirucumstances, as well as some of his own ...more
Sep 24, 2014 Marinda rated it did not like it
not the book for me. it took too long to get stranded on the island. abandoned the book.
Jan 03, 2011 Rayda rated it really liked it
This was a great read by Will Hobbs. Set in southeast Alaska at the ABC islands (Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof, due south of Juneau), 14 year old Andy is off on a sea-kayaking trip when he gets caught in a storm and marooned on Baranof. The pacing of the story was terrific and it kept my interest, to see how he fared in this strange, cold wilderness. The author's piece at the end explains what is fact and what is fiction, and is a welcome addition to the story. I highly recommend it for all ...more
May 19, 2009 Mateo rated it it was amazing
This book is about a guy named Andy that went to Alaska to kayak. Many years ago his father died on Baranof Island, Alaska. Andy sneaks out from his group and searches alone the dangerous island. After days of hunger and lack of shelter he finds the WILDMAN.
I can relate to Andy because we are very curious. I want to know what happens and what people are talking about.
I rated this book 5 stars because it is a great adventure and survival book. I would recommend this book to people who like adv
William H
Jan 14, 2016 William H rated it it was ok
it was ok
Dayna Smith
Andy Galloway is 14 and on a kayaking trip to Alaska. He leaves the group to visit the spot where his father died years before and on the way back is caught in a storm and swept up onto Admiralty Island. Struggling to survive Andy encounters a run away dog and the secretive wild man who lives on Admiralty. The dog leads Andy to the wild man's secret cave filled with Stone Age weapons. Afraid of the wild hermit Andy retreats deeper into the cave where danger and discovery await. Another Hobbs gem ...more
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
I love anything by Will Hobbs. What an adventure. I know I have done things that I thought "I'll have just enough time for this" and then something goes wrong. This young man should have been able to place his memento at the site his father last visited before he disappeared and get back to camp before anyone knew he was gone. But then there would not be this great adventure survival story.
-reviewed by Susan Pinkowski Youth Services
Oct 23, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, ya, survival
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Ruth Fernandez
Aug 18, 2015 Ruth Fernandez rated it it was amazing
It's an amazing book!
It's really great! You should read it! I read this for fifth grade book summer reading.

Sep 30, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
I've heard Will Hobbs speak at conferences and he is a lot like Gary Paulsen. This one isn't his best novel though. [return][return]Thirteen-year-old Earl Pryor is much too big for his age, and much too powerful for the anger that rages within him when classmates tease him, the girl he likes disappoints him, or his parents' problems get too real.
My Side of the Mountain, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and Hatchet are classical survival books for kids. Wild Man Island is a survival book for a new generation. Like all the books by Hobbs, these high interest books are perfect for reluctant readers. Set on the islands of Alaska, a teenager becomes lost while on a kayak adventure.
Jan 11, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Andy slips away from a kayaking group in Alaska to visit the site of his father's death. On the way back he is blown off course to Admirality Island. He is thought dead, so he must survive in the wildnerness. He encounters unexpected animals, a mysterious wild hermit, and finds traces of the the earliest pre-historid Americans
Brian Engler
Jan 16, 2014 Brian Engler rated it it was amazing
I really really liked this book. it was a very good story and written well. I wish there were more books just like this. It was a man vs nature type of book. I liked how they had you believing the story was going to turn one way and it turned down a new path. This is why I really liked this book.
Sep 30, 2012 Debra rated it really liked it
YA book about a boy who finds himself stranded on an island in Alaska. He has to survive and learn to get along with the bears and wolves who live there. He stumbles across a man -- a wild-looking man -- living alone on the island.
Nov 17, 2008 Alex rated it liked it
This book paints a great scenario throughtout the whole story. Its an amazing story of how a child my age got lost in the forest of Alaska. He fought for surivial. Along with that, he used his techniques for survival.
Lauren Glowacky
Good story. Read this with my sixth grade students and it was an interesting story. Being a kayaker myself, I could relate to his exploits. Lots of adventure and suspense.
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WILL HOBBS is the author of seventeen novels for upper elementary, middle school and young adult readers, as well as two picture book stories. Seven of his novels, Bearstone, Downriver, The Big Wander, Beardance, Far North, The Maze, and Jason's Gold, were named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. ALA also named Far North and Downriver to their list of the 100 Best You ...more
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