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The Island by Gary Paulsen
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Aug 11, 2011

This book could be a little slow, yet it kept my interest, a quiet book that really makes you imagine you are on the island, seeing and experiencing the things Wil does. I especially liked the chapter about his grandmother.

I'm still not sure why the turtle was wrong. It's natural - part of nature. And why was the bully OK, but his response to the bully wrong? Was it that he practically blacked out in his rage? He was wrong, but the bully was wrong too. I just didn't get that part - the heron was OK, but not the turtle?

It did make me wish I looked at things more closely. Could I describe my mother, my children, the way Wil could picture his grandmother? I don't think I pay enough close attention to things - maybe because I'm always reading! :)

(Minor L, N)

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