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4.57  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  24 reviews
For years, Miranda has stared at postcards of August Isle, Florida. The town her mother spent her summers as a girl. The town Miranda has always ached to visit. She just never wanted it to happen this way.

When she arrives on the Isle, alone and uncertain, to spend the summer with her mother’s best friend, “Aunt” Clare, Miranda finds a town even more perfect than the one sh
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Renee Godding
5/5 stars

Wrecked. Destroyed. Utterly emotionally devastated, in the best way possible.

I went in completely blind, zero expectations, and came out with a new favourite.

Review to come once this has sunk in.
Katie Reilley
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful middle grade novel about the changes families go through and gaining perspective.

Because her parents are busy with work, Miranda is sent to spend a month of her summer at August Isle, an island in Florida, where she stays with her mom’s friend and family. There, she develops a friendship with Sammy, the friend’s daughter, and Miranda learns to face her fear of water with sailing lessons.

Though the Isle is new to her, it’s a place her mother knew well, and Miranda is determined to l
Wendy MacKnight
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read
A beautiful brilliant story that will stay with you, Miranda, a wonderful, vulnerable heroine estranged from her mother. What starts as s summer story turns into a mystery and twists into a wonderful treatise on family, friendship, and longing to be seen. Al is an amazing writer and this book a must-read!
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book broke my heart in all the best ways! Miranda is a very relatable and likable protagonist, and I found myself rooting for her immediately. Beautiful writing, excellent pacing, and a storyline full of twists and revelations, this story touches on so many important things: what it means to be family, the importance of stories, friendship, and being true to yourself, plus the magic of baking. Highly recommended.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book by Ali Standish. Beautiful writing, a realistic group of kids, and a touch of mystery make this a warm and engaging read. Ali Standish tackles tough topics with lots of heart and just the right amount of grown-up wisdom. A must for every classroom library. Kids will love the story and will relate to the characters fears and frustrations. Teachers will love the discussions it will prompt.
Michele Knott
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not let this story go. It gripped me from the beginning and I know middle grade readers will fall for it. Beautiful writing with lines I’ll be thinking about for a long time.
Becca AE
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved August Isle! Like Standish' first novel (The Ethan I Was Before), the main character is learning to deal with several tough situations, including some struggles with her family. I appreciate the way that Standish writes about the kind of issues that kids face in real life. The main character, Miranda, spends a summer in August Isle, an island off the coast of Florida, that allows her to grow and explore. But while August Isle might be a new place for her, it's a place her moth ...more
Ingrid Vidal
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
August Isle is a beautiful, emotional novel with complex and compelling characters. The central story is about young Miranda, who spends a summer on an island in Florida her mom used to visit frequently, but hasn't been back to for years. Miranda believes her mother has been growing distant from her, and Miranda internalizes that as a fault of her own. As Miranda unravels a series of mysteries over the course of the summer, she learns more about her family, and her mother in particular. I love h ...more
Molly Middaugh
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading August Isle. It has a fun, compelling story-line that kept me questioning and guessing. August Isle completely transported me to another beautiful time and place.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ali Standish has done it again! August Isle is compelling, creative, and heartfelt. Miranda’s journey moved me to tears and left me smiling. Perfect for readers who enjoy warm stories of friendship, family, and the sea mixed with an overarching mystery.
Supriya Kelkar
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another beautiful book from one of my favorite authors. AUGUST ISLE is full of hope, friendship, and mystery. As always, Ali Standish creates characters you feel immediately attached to and care immensely about. This one is not to be missed!
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a lovely summer adventure! Beautiful evocation of a twelve-year-old summer, filled with mystery and friendship, sea and sun.
Lorie Barber
Heartfelt and relatable for both kids and adults. Miranda’s growth, realizations, and change were a lovely progression, and the supporting characters were just as well-developed. Will definitely add to my class library when it’s out this spring.
Ms. Yingling
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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Miranda has always wanted to visit August Isle, where her mother spent her childhood summers. Her mother's friend, Clare, is still there with her family, and when business takes both of her parents away for the summer, Miranda is sent to stay with Clare. Clare's daughter, Sameera, is immediately welcoming, but Miranda thinks her mother wants to not have to be around her, and she always imagined being on the island WITH her mother. Clare has signed the girls up for sailin
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Ages 9+

Engaging throughout, with real-seeming kids and a very plausible "mystery." A good realistic story for kids who like their books a little sad.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book would have definitely been a favorite of mine if it were published during my middle school years. It was still a good read, I like to read books that a younger me would have devoured!!
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Ali Standish's star is rising and this new book won't sink her with librarians and booksellers - very welcome after The Ethan I was Before, her last one, which is a TOUGH Reader's Advisory, however well written. The Truth About Jellyfish hit a nerve with readers and continues to be popular (and about to be made into a film starring Millie Bobby Brown,) so it's nice to have a new Benjamin title to pass along. Read alikes for
Emmy Lammy
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Absolutely heart achingly beautiful and hopeful!
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this book! It's... beautiful in an unique way. With memorable characters, a setting that feels both beautiful and mysterious, this one will be one I will remember for a long time.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In August Isle by Ali Standish, Miranda is a fearful, lonely girl who fears she cannot measure up to her adventuring mother’s hopes and expectations. Her mother, a photojournalist, travels around the world, seeming happiest when she is away from Miranda. Her father is supportive and loving, but Miranda craves her mother’s love. When she is sent to stay on August Isle one summer with her mom’s childhood friend, she is finally given the chance to see herself differently, to be “Miranda, brave and ...more
Ann Green
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Part mystery and part coming of age story, I enjoyed August Isle on several levels. You don't have to be a middle schooler to appreciate this adventure. Miranda arrives on the island to spend the summer with her mother's best friend, “Aunt Clare" and her daughter Sammy. Together they have adventures and work together to solve mysteries. Like most modern fiction for this generation, the novel is not 100% sweet, but the sad parts meld as part of a well told story leading to lessons learned in an u ...more
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Part mystery and part coming-of-age, this middle reader is about coming to terms with the past and learning to live toward the future. It's about being brave and persistent enough to learn the truth. Eleven year old Miranda's parents send her to August Isle in Florida for a month when their jobs require them to be away from home. Miranda and her new friends, Sammy and Caleb, are enlisted to help an old man organize his home when they are caught breaking into the house they thought was unoccupied ...more
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Ali Standish, author of the critically acclaimed The Ethan I Was Before, split her time growing up between North Carolina and several imaginary worlds. The only award she ever won in school was for messiest desk, but that didn’t stop her from going on to get degrees from Pomona College, Hollins University and and the University of Cambridge. She still spends most of her time in her imagination, bu ...more
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