Orphan Island

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Wrenching emotional fable leaves many questions unanswered.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 12+

Confusing, slow, no pay off PUBERTY WARNING

We listened to this as an audiobook, it started off fine laid the ground work for what would happen later in the story but… The main character comes off very whiny and selfish which is fine but there’s no growth so I found that odd. The one or two redeeming characters you hardly see. They never tie the pieces together but do give you an entire 15 mins on her getting her period. Was listening to this with my 11 year old son, it was so in depth I actually felt the need to talk to him about it. I know it’s a “coming of age story” doesn’t mean that’s necessary. It also talks about her getting boobs. If it was a novel that handled these topics well then I’d be glad for the introduction into tricky topics. This book produces all questions and zero answers.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 10+

A bit slow and awkward

The book is ok, but leaves too many questions unanswered. At one point, Jonny has her first period, so if that’s something you don’t think your child is ready to read about, then you might want to avoid.

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For kids who love fantasy and coming-of-age stories

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