Megan's Island

Megan's Island

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by Willo Davis Roberts
     
 

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Pack up and leave? Tonight, when Megan has just one week of school to go until vacation?

Megan is used to moving. After all, she's moved a dozen times in her twelve years. But this time is different. They are leaving in the middle of the night, and Megan won't even have a chance to say good-bye to her best friend. What's worse, Megan senses that her

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Pack up and leave? Tonight, when Megan has just one week of school to go until vacation?

Megan is used to moving. After all, she's moved a dozen times in her twelve years. But this time is different. They are leaving in the middle of the night, and Megan won't even have a chance to say good-bye to her best friend. What's worse, Megan senses that her mother is frightened. It's almost as if they are running away - but from what?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Megan and her brother never thought about their tumbleweed life-style; Mother is on the go, always looking for a better job. But this time their mother packs them up without allowing Megan to tell her best friend. Megan and Sandy are worried; their mother seems frightened and tells them they'll be ``safe'' with Grandfather in the lake country of Minnesota. Someone is looking for them, and though Grandfather doesn't tell them everything, Megan is able to piece together the story. Years before, their father was jailed and Megan's wealthy paternal grandfather tried to wrest Sandy and Megan from their mother. A couple of bad guys show up, but they are foiled, leaving Megan and her family to sort out their problems and stop running at last. Appealing setting and engaging subplots add much to this entertaining, if somewhat predictable novel. Ages 8-12. (March)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8 Megan Collier is shocked when her mother takes her and her brother, Sandy, to their grandfather's isolated cottage in the middle of the night without a word of explanation. Megan is further disturbed by evi dence that three strangers are spying on them. With their mother away and their grandfather injured, Megan and Sandy turn to their nearest neighbor, a smart but sometimes obnoxious boy named Ben, for help. Suspense is built slowly but convincingly. With the ex ception of a few shadowy minor char acters, the people are well rounded. Ben is especially complex. Unfortu nately, in portraying Megan's gradual acceptance of Ben as a friend, Roberts comes suspiciously close to moraliz ing. His family situation, being shut tled back and forth between divorced parents, neither of whom appears to want him, contrasts a little too neatly with Megan and Sandy's situation of being sought after by too many people. Despite these flaws and occasional plot lapses into predictability and im pausibility, Megan's Island succeeds both as an entertaining mystery and as a novel about human relationships. Ruth Sadasivan, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, Ohio

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812480672
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1990
Pages:
187
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 0.50(h) x 7.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Willo Davis Roberts wrote many books for adults and children during

her long and illustrious career. Three of her children's books won Edgar

Awards, while others received great reviews and other accolades. The

One Left Behind would have been her hundredth book for children.

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Megan's Island 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Megan and her brother leave town with their mother. All seems OK when they live on a lake with their grandfather. The story turns into a great mystery when their mother leaves without any explanation. This is fast reading and interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book, the stuff that happens in it you can really relate to your own life. i highly enjoyed reading this book, i like thrillers and i like suspense in a book, which were both shown in megan's island. i thought this book was spectacular and i highly recommend it to anybody in the age range of 12-15.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book I read is a real thriller with unexpected twists throughout it. I enjoyed every waking moment. It is about two kids, Megan and Sandy, who have to go to their Grandpa's cottage, next to Lake Michigan. Then strange things start to happen. This book is a definite suspence book. I couldn't put it down. I thought it was a good book for people of all ages. Definitely one of Willo Davis Roberts' best novels.