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Shipwreck (Island Series #1)

Shipwreck (Island Series #1)

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by Gordon Korman

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Six kids. One fate.
They didn't want to be on the boat in the first place. They were sent there as a character-building experience. But now that the adults are gone, the quest for survival has begun. This first book in a suspenseful survival trilogy delivers the gripping drama of people battling the elements to younger readers.


Six kids. One fate.
They didn't want to be on the boat in the first place. They were sent there as a character-building experience. But now that the adults are gone, the quest for survival has begun. This first book in a suspenseful survival trilogy delivers the gripping drama of people battling the elements to younger readers.

Editorial Reviews

Forced to live and work together, six children fight through daily chores, arguments, disappointments and frustrations as they try to survive on this long, strange, terrifying adventure. Luke, J.J, Will, Lyssa, Charla, and Ian earned this trip by being mischievous or unruly; their parents had enough and did not know what else to do. This trip's purpose is to give them a second chance. The boat trip is guided by two men, the captain, James Cascadden, and the first mate, Mr. Radford. The children live in close conditions and become the crew of the ship. The captain teaches them lessons, and the mate guides them throughout their daily chores and activities. Each of the characters has his or her own unique problems and abilities, but they all agree on one thing: They do not want to be on this ship headed out to sea. Throughout the story, the children face life or death decisions. Both their captain and the first mate abandon them on a sinking ship with no food and no hope. The lessons they learn are numerous; they are forced to swallow their grudges and work together. This novel is an enjoyable look into what can happen to six children who need direction and are sent on a journey to reshape their lives. Little did they know they would end up shipwrecked on an island with nothing but a glimmer of hope. 2001, Scholastic, 129 pp Ages young adult. Reviewer: Nicole August
School Library Journal

Gr 5-7
Six young teens with discipline problems are sent on a sea journey sponsored by a group called Charting a New Course, an organization designed to help troubled youths straighten out their lives. With only the captain and first mate to guide them, the teens work as the crew of the sailboat. When a terrible storm hits, the captain is lost at sea and the first mate abandons the kids once he realizes the ship is slowly sinking. The teens must work together to survive the storm and a shipwreck in the first book (Scholastic, pap. 2001) in Gordon Korman's trilogy. Holter Graham's suspenseful narration successfully portrays the tension between the characters and keeps the action moving. Listeners will want to read the next two books in this hi-lo series
—Karen T. BiltonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Island , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.63(h) x (d)
610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Gordon Korman is the #1 bestselling author of three books in The 39 Clues series as well as eight books in his Swindle series: Swindle, Zoobreak, Framed, Showoff, Hideout, Jackpot, Unleashed, and Jingle. His other books include This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall! (published when he was fourteen); The Toilet Paper Tigers; Radio Fifth Grade; Slacker; Restart; the trilogies Island, Everest, Dive, Kidnapped, and Titanic; and the series The Hypnotists and On the Run. He lives in New York with his family and can be found on the web at gordonkorman.com.

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Shipwreck (Island Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
ToniW45 More than 1 year ago
When the captain dies, the boat starts sinking, the mate leaves the kids to fend for themselves, the engine stops working. The boat bursts to into flames. The teenagers must rely on the resources of the jungle and the comfort of each other. The Island trilogy is a simply wonderful series. It’s about six teenagers who get shipwrecked on an island that’s not on any map anywhere. Can they survive all alone on a deserted island, is teamwork going enough to survive, can six teenagers take care of someone who is injured, hide from smugglers, find food, water, and still get rescued? I gave the Island trilogy a solid 4 stars. It brought me pure enjoyment. I love the fact that it shows even the most selfish of them all can make a change for the better. True teamwork is not when ALMOST everyone helps, its when EVERYONE helps. When they met they thought the couldn’t be more different..... but they have more in common than they think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the first book that i ever actually wanted to read, it was interesting and exiting, it gets better at the end so keep on reading! the words r not to small!! unlike some books, there fonts r sooo small that u can even finish the book(at least i felt like that), i don't really like to read books but this is a really good book,this chapter talks about why the kids r on this trip, who they r and how radford diched them in the middle of the sea, and the ship is sinking, and how the ship exploded, then how they lived in the blazing sun and with no water and no food, and one person has to hang on the edge of the thing becuase there isn't any room for four....
kittykittyboy More than 1 year ago
Island This is the best book I ever read you never know what's going to happen next, this book has a lot excitement and it has some mystery six kids and one shipwreck not all of the kids get along but they will be forced to take each other's side when the ship wrecks. The kids get separated and not knowing if the others are alive or dead. They are out on this box thing and only one kid could be on top so the other had to be in the water full of sharks. Not knowing if a shark is going to eat them or not but the kids hope and pray they will be ok, at last all the kids finely meet up and are so glad to see each other and they end up being friends again. So therefore I think this is a really good book and recommend this to all ages 10 and up because it has big words. I thing, most adults and children would love this book. There are three books to this series this book is written by Gordon Korman. I think a lot of people will like this book, but I think you'll have t find out for yourself. Benjamin Lamp Barnes & Noble
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great book. It starts out when these kids have to go on a ship, because they did something wrong. These kids have to work together to survive. I recommend this book to people that like action and adventure.
matthew427 More than 1 year ago
this book is the best book i've ever read if you are 9-13 you'll love this book so if you like thrill books and you are 9-13 this a good book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is about six badly behaved kids who are sent to a big sailboat that isn't so luxurious. They all have long, horrible, shifts to help them figure out they need to behave better. Luke, Lyssa, Will, J.J., Ian, and Charla are stuck at sea with each other. A few big things happen causing them to jump off the boat. They all get split up in the middle of the wide open sea. Four of them find each other while the two others are a mystery. They have a floating cabin that can hold three people. Since there is four of them one has to hang off the side in what they call shark bait position. Does the book live up to its name? Do they find an island? Read to find out. I would defiantly recommend this book to older kids because it might be confusing to younger kids. By:Spencer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book Review: The book was a great short read. I read the book in a few hours. One adult died and the other one left on the life boat when they were sleeping. Six children are stuck on a sinking ship with no adults. If you like survival and action books you will love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book but at first it took some time to get into but afterwards I was hooked it was the BEST Book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and couldn't believe how good it was. I love books about shipwrecks and such, so this book was absolutely perfect! I also love Gordon Korman's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great kids book! A few people die, but I dont care because its a great kids book.
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I realy enjoyed this book. I am now on the third book and I am loving it. I like all the troubles and hardships they have had. It is a very interesting series. When J.J. enters the story, I know that it is going to get hairy. I can't wait to read all of the books.
L_Hendricks More than 1 year ago
Shipwreck Island is the first book in a series of adventure novels written by author Gordon Korman. Six children along with their Captain, eager to teach them about sailing, and his highly unpopular assistant deemed "rat-face". The children, Luke, J.J., Lyssa, Charla, and Ian find themselves aboard the Phoenix, a ship, that houses a 30 day program. The children have been elected by their parents and in Luke's case the judge to complete the program CNC, Charting New Territories, because of bad decisions. This program aims to reshape the children and teach them a few valuable life lessons. The trip takes a disasterous turn in which the children are left alone at sea fighting for survival. Their Captain dies at sea, "rat-face" abandons them, and their ship is swallowed by the sea after catching fire. This novel proves a great read for young adults looking for adventure.
hibiz More than 1 year ago
i verry much enjoyed these books and becouse i loved them so much i am going to buy them.and i think that if you havent read them you should.
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I had to read the series of these books for summer reading in order for me to go into seventh grade. The first book was kind of boreing at the beginning but later in this book it was making me breathless. The night that my dad told me to read i was on the third chapter of the first book and i finshed it and almost finished the second book but unlike most twelve year olds i love to read i especially like Gordon Korman's books. Any suspence filled book i find the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gordon Korman has got the right idea when it comes to writing. My kids (8/10) love this series and the other two series that he has written. The characters are believable, the story is easy to follow, yet leads you to some other great places. Lots of room for conversation with adults about war, decision making and of course good and evil. A great re-read story too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this whole series every word of it if you liked this series read everest, dive, on the run, and kidnapped(you should read on the run before kidnapped)all are by one of my fav authors Gordon Korman
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was hard for me to put this book down. I read most of it in one day. It was really amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very exciting. Six kids are criminals that get shipwrecked on an island. Before that, for their punoshment because tey were criminals, they have to do many things on a ship. when the ship gets a flood, it satrts to sink. The two people thatare supposed to watch them, abandon them. The only way to know what happens next is to read this outstanding book.