The Islanders

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A gripping adventure for young adult readers.

The inhabitants of Halcyon Island are ruled by the laws of the Deliverer and follow the same customs and traditions that have prevailed for hundreds of years. The laws state "no incomers", but when Thomas and Molly find a shipwrecked canoe with a boy and girl, barely alive, they are determined not to reject them outright. But the effect that the newcomers have on ...
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Overview

A gripping adventure for young adult readers.

The inhabitants of Halcyon Island are ruled by the laws of the Deliverer and follow the same customs and traditions that have prevailed for hundreds of years. The laws state "no incomers", but when Thomas and Molly find a shipwrecked canoe with a boy and girl, barely alive, they are determined not to reject them outright. But the effect that the newcomers have on the close-knit community is beyond anyone's predictions.

The isolated Islanders, resistant of all newcomers, have always governed by the Teaching in the Book which has been orally passed down for generations. One day they find out, from one who reads, the real and astonishing story in the book.

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Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
On the tiny, secluded island of Halcyon, there lives a community that abides by their leader known as the Reader. William Jonas, the Reader, claims decisions based on the Book of Teaching under the authority of the Deliverer. The words of the Book are passed down orally from Reader to Reader because no one in the community is able to read. One day, brother and sister Thomas and Molly Reeves discover a boy and a girl aboard a shipwrecked canoe. The strangers who speak another language are barely alive and their fate is decided by the Reader's inquiry on Prayer-Day. The community is divided in their thinking about whether the strangers are works of the Bad One or not. The people of Halcyon decide if the castaways should be banished fifteen miles away to Kingfisher Island, also known as Sin Island, a place of evil. Part of the community is very suspicious of the strangers and the events that follow their arrival. The story is rich with themes that provide excellent discussion topics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932425697
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 264
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Rowe Townsend has written novels for young readers that have received wide acclaim. Six of them were on the ALA Notable Book list of their years. The Islanders won a Christopher Award on its first publication, and The Intruder was an honors-list book for the Carnegie Medal and winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America. Mr. Townsend is a foremost authority on children's literature and is the author of two books on the subject, Written for Children and A Sounding of Storytellers. His books have been translated into twelve languages. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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