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Orphan Island

(2017)
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A National Book Award Longlist title!

"A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true." -Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

"This is one of those books that haunts you long after you read it. Thought-provoking and magical." -Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series

In the tradition of modern-day classics like Sara Pennypacker's Pax and Lois Lowry's The Giver comes a deep, compelling, heartbreaking, and completely one-of-a-kind novel about nine children who live on a mysterious island.

On the island, everything is perfect. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their cabins, it is with full stomachs and joy in their hearts.

And only one thing ever changes: on that day, each year, when a boat appears from the mist upon the ocean carrying one young child to join them-and taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again.

Today's Changing is no different. The boat arrives, taking away Jinny's best friend, Deen, replacing him with a new little girl named Ess, and leaving Jinny as the new Elder. Jinny knows her responsibility now-to teach Ess everything she needs to know about the island, to keep things as they've always been.

But will she be ready for the inevitable day when the boat will come back-and take her away forever from the only home she's known?

"A unique and compelling story about nine children who live with no adults on a mysterious island. Anyone who has ever been scared of leaving their family will love this book" (from the Brightly.com review, which named Orphan Island a best book of 2017).

Genre: Children's Fiction

Praise for this book

"ORPHAN ISLAND is a masterpiece both timeless and immediate. Snyder's book, like the island within it, contains all of the joys, wonders, and terrors of childhood. Every young reader needs this book; every grown reader needs it even more." - Jonathan Auxier

"A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true." - Kelly Barnhill

"An elegant and thoughtful meditation on the joys and sorrows of growing up, with lyrical prose, characters that feel as alive as your dearest friends, and a vivid setting sure to enchant young readers. A work of extraordinary heart." - Claire Legrand

"A visionary, poignant, astonishingly lovely fable of childhood and change. This is a book to lose yourself in, and to never forget." - Anne Ursu


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Hardback Editions

October 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Orphan Island (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Laurel Snyder
ISBN: 0-606-41427-4 / 978-0-606-41427-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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May 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Orphan Island
Author(s): Laurel Snyder
ISBN: 0-06-244341-0 / 978-0-06-244341-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
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Paperback Editions

October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Orphan Island
Author(s): Laurel Snyder
ISBN: 0-06-244342-9 / 978-0-06-244342-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
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Audio Editions

May 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Orphan Island
Author(s): Laurel Snyder
ISBN: 1-5384-5681-8 / 978-1-5384-5681-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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May 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Orphan Island: Library Edition
Author(s): Laurel Snyder
ISBN: 1-5384-5679-6 / 978-1-5384-5679-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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May 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Orphan Island
Author(s): Laurel Snyder
ISBN: 1-5384-5680-X / 978-1-5384-5680-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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Title: Orphan Island
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May 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Orphan Island
Author(s): Laurel Snyder
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Kindle Editions

May 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Orphan Island
Author(s): Laurel Snyder
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
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