10 July 2009

Marsh Island

by Sonya Spreen Bates. Illustrated by Kasia Charko

Orca Book Publishers. Junior. Paperback rrp $6.95

Marsh Island is only 50 pages long. But don’t be fooled into thinking that this short read is chicken feathers! There’s nothing light-weight about the plot. Marsh Island has a storyline that will keep young readers engrossed right up to the very last page.

Jake and his younger brother Tommy are camping on Marsh Island with their father. Jake wishes Tommy wasn’t there. It was supposed to be a first time experience for just him and his father but Tommy whined until dad gave in.

When Jake tries to scare Tommy everything goes wrong. With the story of old Alfred Marsh going mad and escaping to Marsh Island fresh in the young boys’ minds, Jake and Tommy find themselves running away from something dark and strange in the woods.

Black and white illustrations throughout the book help to bring the mystery to life.

For children who baulk at reading thick tomes Marsh Island is an excellent choice.


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