The Islanders

The Islanders

by John Townsend
     
 

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A reissue of a classic adventure for young adults. 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… See more details below

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A reissue of a classic adventure for young adults. 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. The effect that the newcomers have on the close-knit community is beyond anyone's predictions.

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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.

Product Details

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

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