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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

    The Island. Gary Paulsen. New York: Scholastic,Inc. 2005. 202 pages.

    'The Island", by Gary Paulsen is a very good book. This book deals with what kids go through when they are growing up. For example, bullies and the way kids lives change when they move and have to make new friends. I would say that Gary intended this book towards teenagers and young adults. My reason for this being that the main character is a teenager struggling through high school. It is very entertaining with the main character, Wil's humor.
    Gary Paulsen was born in 1939 and became hooked on books at a very early age. Running away at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival gave him his taste for adventure. Along with the many other adventurous things he has done. Including the following; a youthful summer of rigorous chores on a farm, jobs as an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver, and sailor, and two rounds of the 1,180-mile Alaskan dog sled race. These activities have inspired many of his book plots over the years. He has recently written a new book called "Woods Runner".
    Through out this book the main character, Wil, is forced to move to a small town in Wisconsin. The reason being his father had taken a job there. Not long after settling in he discovers a small lake while riding his bike on the back roads near his house. At this lake he finds an abandoned minnow boat and rows it to an island in the middle of the lake. On the island he notices the wildlife and nature there. He becomes mesmerized by the cranes, frogs, turtles and fish. Because of this he decides to stay on the island until he has learned everything about it. He begins to camp on the island, to spite his parents disapproval. He visited only by a girl named Susan. A girl he had befriended at school. Susan helps him learn about the island and becomes a very close friend to Wil.
    As I said earlier this is a very good book. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a good, coming of age story. However, I feel that it is more directed at teenagers and young adults. The story is very entertaining and written in a way that keeps you interested.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    I had to read this book for class. It actually has a few graphics parts. I enjoyed it. It acutualy did have some lessons but theyy were n't as clear. Ii mean not like it is not a good book. Fir people around 1 or 12 it can be hard to understand. For maybe 14 or 15 you would probably understand it. If you love ccracking up it is bot for you. But besid all that it is a wonderful adveenture. Some romance acured during Wil and Susan friendship grows oon throughout the book. To find out for you'll justhave to read the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    Follow a Boy as he Learns on an Island

    All in all, this was a fairly good book. It was alright as a whole but didn¿t keep my interest throughout the whole thing. I will say it straight I have read better books. This is about a young boy of fifteen years of age who basically has his life set. Then, all of the sudden, his father announces that they have to move to help with his job working on the highway. Wil finds himself in the middle of nowhere where the mosquitoes are thick as fog. Later Wil finds and island in the middle of a peaceful lake. After a few visits to the island, he finds himself wanting to learn more and to stay there. He finds himself making a friend and being at peace on the island. Everything is fine until he has an interview with a reporter and finds out that he is famous but what for? What happens when more people show up? Is it goodbye island and no more peace? There were a couple of things I didn¿t like about the book. To start with, it got off to a slow start. It didn¿t give a clear-cut reason why he frequently visited the island. I also wished it would talk a little more at the end of the book of what happened. Along with the bad parts were some good ones as well. I enjoyed it more when Wil¿s dad finally understood why Wil was on the island. Also, before each chapter, it displayed some of the things Wil has thought about. It plays with your mind. This book was written by Gary Paulsen. I thought it was a step down from some of the other books he has written. Other books you would like if you¿re a Gary Paulsen fan you will like is Hatchet and Brian¿s Winter. Hence, It was an alright book with its own misunderstandings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 1999

    The 'Psyco' Island

    Wil Neuton becomes a bit psycotic over a small island where he jsut recently moved. I've read quite a few Gay Paulsen books and this one is my least favorite, so if you are thinking of getting this book check out some others first. The end is very good, but the previous parts weren't so great. Overall it wasn't

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