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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    This book was about Andy Galloway. The setting of the book was

    This book was about Andy Galloway. The setting of the book was in Alaska during 2002-2003. Andy wrecks his kayak and gets lost on Bear Island. He gets saved by the wild man named David.
    I would recommend this book because it was a very good and entertaining book. And there were some funny parts and some weird parts. One example I would recommend this book would be because Andy was riding his kayak in the morning to find where his father died and Andy wrecked his kayak. Second example would be when Andy found a dog named Bear and a black bear attacked Andy and Bear saved him. My last example would be because when Andy met the wild man named David and David chased Andy through a dark tunnel and then they met and got along with each other.

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

    An enjoyable book

    Hobbs is identified as the "award-winning author of Far North." The inside cover lists fourteen of his other books besides these two. I had never paid any attention to his name before, but after I bought this book I have seen others by him on the juvenile fiction shelves in bookstores. In Wild Man Island, fourteen-year-old Andy Galloway paddles away from his kayaking group to visit the nearby Alaska island wilderness site where his archaeologist father died trying to solve the mystery of the first Americans. A sudden, violent storm blows his kayak off course and strands him on Admirality Island, an immense wilderness known as the Fortress of the Bears, where he struggles to survive.
    There Andy encounters bears, a dog running with wolves, and then a man carrying a stone-tipped spear. The wild man vanishes into the forest, but the dog reappears, leading Andy to a cave filled with Stone Age tools and weapons. Running for his life, Andy goes back into the cave, where danger, suspense, and discovery await as he looks for traces of the earliest prehistoric immigrants to America. After I purchased the book, I was somewhat dismayed at the Kirkus Reviews blurb on the back which said, "Descriptions of woods, wildlife, and the spectacular cave formations Andy discovers have a ring of authenticity that makes his hardships and adventures as compelling as any of Gary Paulsen's." Even though Paulsen is a Newbery-winning author and has written many books for young people, the first one I read, Dog Song, was so awful that I resolved never to read anything by him again.
    However, Wild Man Island is very interesting reading and is quite suspenseful, especially toward the end of the book. There are only a few discordant notes. One is that Andy, who narrates the story, says on occasion that he cursed under his breath. No actual curse words are used, which is somewhat amazing, and pleasantly so, given the fact that there are many places where the author could have used them and many modern authors would have done so, but it is still unnecessary even to mention it in the first place and leave the impression that cursing is just a natural, normal, all right thing to do. Also, there are references to theories that place animals on the Alaskan islands up to 40,000 years ago and humans at least 23,000. And there is a little bit, but very little, of environmentalism. Other than these, I really enjoyed reading this book.

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

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    Mr.L reconmends this

    The book, Wild Man Island is about a boy named Andy Galoway that gets separated from his group to go to the place his dad died, Hidden Falls. As he goes back to his group a storm blows him to a different island. There he finds a dog running with the wolves and a wild man in a stranded building. When the man leaves Andy once again finds the dog and follows it to a cave. Andy finds the wild man in the cave and gets trapped in the cave. As Andy continues farther into the cave he find a great discovery and a thrilling adventure unfolds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

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    Wild Man Island was a great adventure book that tells how Andy¿s (the main character) kayaking trip went in Alaska. When Andy got lost from his kayaking group he was stranded on an island while it was raining, he had no food in his bag, and has no shelter. As he is looking around the island he finds a factory that has been deserted and later finds a man walking around. This man frightens Andy so much that he can only stare at his long, gray beard. He noticed that the wild man had a spear and a pair of neatly woven wool shoes. I liked everything about this book except the fact that at one point I got confused while Andy was dreaming. I couldn¿t tell if he was awake or sleeping until he said that it was only a dream. Other than that there was nothing that I didn¿t like. What could there have been to make the book worse. It had adventure, suspense, and a little bit of a mystery. Another thing that made this book good is that it¿s an only book, and you won¿t have to worry if the next book is out or an earlier book in a series. There also won¿t be an ending that leaves a blank spot in your mind. As you know this book was written by Will Hobbs and this book is a lot like Gary Paulson¿s books. Wild Man Island is a lot like the Tucket Adventures and the Hatchet series because they¿re about a boy that gets separated from a group and has to try and survive. I would recommend this book to upper level seventh grade readers and average level ninth grader because at time the book can become confusing. Other people that should read this book are people that like to read because it is 179 pages long and for people who like to read adventure books. I gave this book a four out of five stars because there were times when the book got confusing but then it picked right back up. Now I really liked this book because it had lots of adventure, it stayed in first person, and it wasn¿t really long. I also liked the fact that it didn¿t poke around at something, he added some things about it, and got to the point.

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