City of Islands

City of Islands

by Kali Wallace


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ISBN-13: 9780062499813
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 652,757
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kali Wallace is the author of two novels for teens and many short stories. She studied geology for years but now devotes her time to writing. She lives in Southern California. You can find her at

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City of Islands 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
Kali Wallace creates a stunning and unusual world in this fantasy that is at once bound up in myth and legend and grounded in the gritty reality of fish markets and hardscrabble village life. Mara is a brave, determined, and ultimately thoughtful heroine who both yearns for and fears magic, and is willing to ask difficult questions about the responsibilities that come with power. The people that she cares about – loyal Fish Hook, caring Izzy, even the stately and distant Lady of the Tides – are fully drawn characters, some with their own surprisingly motivations. Underlying each of Mara’s discoveries is the yearning for family and grief for the loss of her parents and Bindy, the bone mage who took her in as a child. In uncovering secrets about the long-gone founders of the City of Islands, she also uncovers parts of her own past she might have preferred to stay hidden, and must come to understand a new definition of family.
MarisaR More than 1 year ago
Kali Wallace has written another stunner of a book. You will fall in love with Mara, the fierce 12-year-old protaganoist of CITY OF ISLANDS. This wonderful MG book has everything. Brave girls. Strong girls. Secrets. Adventures. Magic. The sea. It is perfection.
SMParker More than 1 year ago
City of Islands is pure magic. Wallace has created a world that begs to be explored and Mara, our fierce young protagonist, has a heart that is so pure and wanting, I definitely ached for her. She is a master diver and secures relics from the sea, but the way her talent is manipulated throughout the tale is an excellent exploration of current event topics like the true cost of child labor, abuse and neglect. Her compelling fantasy illustrates how adults can be the horrible monsters in our very real world. And yet there is hope and music and song—a deeper meaning and connection to the world—and this is the beauty of Wallace’s debut middle grade novel. In the literal underneath—this magical sea underworld Wallace creates—are the beautiful relics, the gems, the messages from those who came before. They are art and strength, magic and belonging. Mara finds her home within a home all while the reader discovers the secrets of the City of Islands because of one girl who dared to be brave. I could not put this story down!! Highly recommend!