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Forbidden Island: Stranded, Shadow Island, Book 1

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Shipwrecked siblings encounter more adventure on new island.

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This new series starter is a good choice for kids who prefer fast-moving plots over well-written stories. The introduction of an indigenous people -- including bully Chizo and helpful loner Mima -- and their culture adds some interest and conflict, but watching these characters try to navigate the competition is really what will keep readers engaged.

Fans of Probst's first series will find Forbidden Passage follows a pretty similar formula: The siblings may fight with one another, but they're loyal and work to stay together as they move from nonstop adventure to adventure: Buzz and Jane search for vines to rescue Vanessa when she falls into a hole, Carter jumps after Buzz after he falls off a plateau into icy water, and the siblings even help break up a fight between Carter and the island's biggest bully, all as they try to win Raku Nau.

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