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Fifteen-year-old Wil discovers himself and the wonders of nature when he leaves home to live on an island in northern Wisconsin.
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Posted April 26, 2010
'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.
Posted April 8, 2010
Paulsen's books are great! My sons are dyslexic, these books have been such motivation encouragement my youngest has gone from the lower 5% to the upper 97% in reading in just 1 semester, Thanks Gary!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 11, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2007
Posted April 21, 2005
The book, The Island, by Gary Paulson is overall a very good book in my opinion. I loved the way this book made me look at things in a new perspective. This book was hard for me to put down and never bored me. It has short chapters, which I prefer and flows very effortlessly without confusing jumps forward or backward in time or changes in setting. After reading the book I felt like going out and finding my own island to explore nature and find out more about myself. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the outdoors or wants to learn more about themselves.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 10, 2003
Posted October 28, 2003
I liked this book because the way they had the setting were this kid named Will had to move to a new town in northern wisconsin. he met a new friend named Susan. She helped him by bringing food for him on the Island.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 27, 2003
Author¿s name: Gary Paulsen Title: The Island Genre: young adult fiction A young boy (Wil) lives in a family that moves whenever they can: this happens to be too often for Wil. When Wil and his family move to a small town in the country something is different here for Wil: the Island. This book has massive amounts of detail, which personally can determine its value. I¿m a fan of Gary Paulsen and his writing style, but if you are looking for some exciting adventure story, this is not your book. It¿s more about a young person learning things in which he never even thought of perceiving. Some parts get a little boring, and the plot is so-so, but it¿s kind of amazing when Wil thinks about something he realizes the finest details as though looking at it through a microscope. I could see the heron in the wind that came, the small breeze that moved the reeds slightly, a gentle waving, and did not move the heron; the movement showed more of the heron then the stillness did. I hope you enjoy the book should you decide to read it; I know I did. I made a text to self connection. I own a house up in the Lake George region, actually on the lake. Sometimes I kayak out to Delaware island and admire the mountains and the waves and the under water sealife if I remember to bring my goggles. I think this is very similar to the book, but Wil perhaps thinks deeper into what things really mean when I only admire things and accept what they are. You should read this book slowly and cautiously because the good parts are only a page or two long, and can easily be missed. Some parts get boring, like I said before, but the good parts more than make up for the boring parts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 16, 2000
It is a great book. I got it from the library at my school. I'm always looking for books that I think will be good. (I read all of the other good books!)*The Island* is the ultimate book to read! ^__^Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2000
Everyone has an island of their own. When Wil Stanton finds his own island, he plans to stay there until he finds himself. Becoming one with yourself isn't an easy task, and Wil has to accomplish many things before he is truely one with himself. In a funny story that makes us all look at the world differently, THE ISLAND is a truely compelling story written by an excellent author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 11, 2000
I am a 14 year old young male. I did not feel the book was as good as the hatchet, or Brian's Winter. Talking about becoming one with the ants was kind of boring. Gary Paulsen is one of my favorite authors but the book was not very good. If you are looking for something to do then it might be but it is not something I would ask my friends to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2000
It was an over all great story but it did leave some spots for improvement but dont all books. There were some parts in the story that were just plain boring but there were also parts wee it was very exsiting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 6, 2000
Gary Paulsens book The Island was one of those books that I devoured. I was up until 11:30 at night on my bathroom floor reading it. I loved it. It inspired me to be better then I was. To see my full potential, and to realize that I could have a life other then my social life. Im doing a book report on it and hope others will read it to.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 13, 1999
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'tWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.