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Smugglers' Island

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A thrilling mystery-detective story by a two-time Newbery Honor Book Award winner. Twelve-year-old Shadrach is enraged. Bootleggers have virtually taken over his island home, using it as a base for their illegal operations. Shadrach vows to gather all the information he can to bust the criminals. He succeeds, but then chooses the wrong man to tell.
Hardcover, 178 pages
Published May 19th 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1994)
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Jul 15, 2013 Kammy rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
My 11-year-old son told me he loved this book because it was nonstop action. I think the story is interesting, and I understand the appeal for kids. I would recommend it for reluctant male readers especially. Maybe 10-12 ish age? It's a little scary in a few places, but easy reading.
Aug 13, 2013 Lori rated it liked it
I've been reading a lot of books my cousin has reviewed lately (thanks Kammy!). Her 11-year-old son loved this book and sure enough, mine did too! I always enjoy reading something together, but I'll admit as a mom I mostly just wanted Shad to stop doing stupid, reckless things.
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Oct 10, 2016 Sarah Eagle rated it did not like it
Avi is known for realistic likable characters that can get through authentic real-world situations in a way that can touch on deeper themes than what's initially written.
Shad is a character so riddled with paradoxical character traits between "wanting to do what's right" i.e. not listening to anyone who tries to reason with him that his actions could get him OR HIS FAMILY killed for the sake of his own selfish pursuits that the reader is supposed to believe is "noble",
Jun 20, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it
The story was well written. A boy lives on an island and the most of the residents become intimidated by a smuggler who comes to the island and begins to control everyone. One boy decides to try to make a difference. He goes against the instructions of his parents several times to try and spy on the smuggler, and try to "catch" him.
For those interested in bad language,
pg 16, bottom paragraph, "by God"
Pg 73, bottom paragraph, "Lord, yes"
Pg 83, about 1/3 of the way down the page, "You damn fool k
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