Marsh Island

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Jake and his younger brother Tommy are on their first camping trip. While exploring in the woods on Marsh Island, they lose their way. When the boys start to feel like they're not the only ones wandering in the woods, they begin to wonder if the story their dad told them about old Alfred Marsh and his lost fortune is true.
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Overview

Jake and his younger brother Tommy are on their first camping trip. While exploring in the woods on Marsh Island, they lose their way. When the boys start to feel like they're not the only ones wandering in the woods, they begin to wonder if the story their dad told them about old Alfred Marsh and his lost fortune is true.
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Editorial Reviews

Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"A chapter book with just the right amount of adventure for boys ages seven to ten."
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"Just enough surprise, lots of action, extensive lively dialogue, and a combination of compelling plot points make this an enjoyable and lively read for youngsters."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"A genuinely suspenseful transitional chapter book that will appeal to those readers who love to be scared."
CM Magazine
"Fast-paced and highly enjoyable. The novel is full of suspense, and readers are kept on the edge of their seats to the end…A recommended purchase for public and school libraries."
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"Fast-paced and highly enjoyable. The novel is full of suspense, and readers are kept on the edge of their seats to the end A recommended purchase for public and school libraries."
Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
Nine-year-old Jake did not want his seven-year-old brother, Tommy, to join him and his dad on a camping trip to Marsh Island. Jake wants to explore the woods alone and imagine that he is a panther or a treasure hunter without timid Tommy following him. As they walk deeper into the woods, Jake tells Tommy the legend of Alfred Marsh, who disappeared on the island 200 years ago. Jake maintains his bravado, especially after finding a mysterious buried box, but both boys panic when they think they see a figure looming in the brush. They dash back to the campground where they are reunited with their father and meet a researcher from the Historical Society, whom the boys assume is the figure they spied but then discover that he is not the man they saw after all. Surely, a sequel will follow. The story is suspenseful and should keep readers, especially boys, engaged. Jake's acceptance of his younger brother at the end is unexplained, and Tommy remains a scaredy-cat throughout, but readers are unlikely to notice. The reading level is consistent with the complexity of the plot. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554691173
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Orca Echoes Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,470,640
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sonya Spreen Bates is a Canadian writer living in Australia. Sonya obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Linguistics from the University of Victoria and a Master's degree in Speech Pathology from Dalhousie University. She has spent many years working with children with communication disorders, both in Canada and Australia, and often writes her own stories to use in therapy. For more information, visit www.sonyaspreenbates.wordpress.com
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Twigs whipped at Jake's face. Roots leaped up to trip him. He couldn't breath. He glanced back, and a huge shadow lunged out from behind a tree.

"Faster, Tommy!" he yelled.

A boulder appeared in front of him. Jake leaped over it. He dodged around a couple of spruce trees and then plowed through some bushes. The blood pounded in his ears. He didn't care which way he went. He had to get away!

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