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Jonathan Grisby is the newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys--an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean. It is dark, damp, and dismal. And it is just the place Jonathan figures he deserves.
Because Jonathan has done something terrible. And he's willing to accept whatever punishment he has coming.
Just as he's getting used to his new situation, however, a freak accident leaves the troubled boys of Slabhenge without any adult supervision. Suddenly the kids are free, with an entire island to themselves. But freedom brings unexpected danger. And if Jonathan can't come to terms with the sins of his past and lead his new friends to safety... then every boy on the island is doomed.
Dan Gemeinhart's most gripping novel yet, this is a tale of misfits and outcasts at odds and in peril, and a redemption story that shines a light on dark truths to reveal that the strongest prisons of all are the ones we build for ourselves.
About the Author
Dan Gemeinhart is a teacher-librarian and father of three daughters. His debut novel, The Honest Truth, was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection, an Amazon.com Best Book of the Month, and an Indie Next List pick. His follow up, Some Kind of Courage, was met with critical acclaim, garnering two starred reviews. Dan lives with his family in Cashmere, Washington. Visit him at www.dangemeinhart.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Scar Island is a book that is cleverly put together and entertaining, creating a beautiful storyline that teenagers can enjoy. I recommend this book to anyone loving mystery and suspense. The book Scar Island is an amazing book about a boy named Jonathan who commits a terrible crime and must either go to prison, or go to an island called Slabhenge. He decides to go to Slabhenge, and begins a very horrible life there with other kids who have committed heinous crimes. While living on the barren island, they must restock coal, wash dishes, live in jail cells that used to be home to psychopaths, barely have any food, and write letters saying how much they love Slabhenge. The day after Jonathan arrives, all the prison staff are killed in an accident, causing the kids to have free run of the island. One of the kids, named Sebastian, takes over by gaining most of the kids’ trust. The next day, he begins to torture kids when they disobey him, even though he promised there would be no more punishments. One of Jonathan’s new friends on the island, named Colin, cleverly destroys the torture device Sebastian uses and hides on the island. After this, Sebastian swears to kill him. A few days later, the island floods in a storm, and Colin is trapped. Will Jonathan reveal the truth about why he is really at Slabhenge, gain Sebastian’s trust, and save his friend? Or will Sebastian prevent Jonathan from saving his friend? I give this book 5 stars because it has suspense and mystery, which blend to create a perfect story that is entertaining. My favorite part is when Jonathan tries to save Colin during the flood. I recommend this book to readers of about 11-15 years old for the most enjoyment. The one thing I really want to see though? A sequel. I enjoy how the book ends in a cliffhanger, and I want to know what happens next. Ryan S, 11, Mensa Alaska
Another knock-out novel by Dan Gemeinhart. I couldn’t put this novel down and I think anyone who reads it, will do the same thing. It’s a reformatory school located on a remote island, for boys only. There’s an Admiral, who is not soft but feels that discipline will turn his charges around, all in due time. He likes to eat his wrapped chocolates and deal out punishment using a structure the charges hate. The stone structure is cold, massive and old. There is a Hatch, the narrow staircase leads down below but no one cares to see what the noises down there contain. As Jonathan arrives on the island, it isn’t long before Jonathan feels the oppression within the walls. The adults are rulers and the boys are slaves, the adults are having fun at the boy’s expense. The boys feel powerless. At the height of their enjoyment, it occurs. The power is taken from the adults. It’s tragic, it’s sad but the boys see it as an opportunity and they seize it. The boys are now in control, they have the power of the island. Sixteen troubled boys left on their own. What will they do? I loved Dan’s writing, his words and the flow of the story were effortless. I became one with the story and I couldn’t wait to read what was going to occur next. Each of the characters in the story had their own personality and added their own element to the novel. Even the secondary characters were fascinating being and l loved how Dan gave them interesting characteristics. I immediately thought of Lord of the Flies as I read, these boys were in charge of the island that they now occupied. I love the reference of the novels that were included in this book, that this time was special and I enjoyed how they gathered together, relaxed and relished the words on those pages. This was an excellent novel and one I highly recommend.