Monday, January 18, 2010

Kyle's Island by Sally Derby

This children's chapter book (ARC) was sent to me by Charlesbridge Publishing. Publication date on this book is February, 2010. It's for ages between 10-13.

Every summer, Kyle's family goes to small lake in Michigan for the summer. But this year is different. Gram has died, Dad moved out, and Mom tells him they will have to sell the cottage because the cost of upkeep is too much. That's almost more than Kyle can handle, and none of the children are happy with decision.

Kyle likes to fish, so he spends some time alone thinking. He finds an island that has shack built on it, but he doesn't tell the others about. He's devastated that the cottage must be sold and he hasn't forgiven his father for moving out, so the island is some comfort but doesn't solve his problems.

Then he gets an opportunity to take a neighbor fishing - Tom will pay him. But Tom is fat and eats all the time. So is this a blessing because he will make some money to try to help save the cabin or is it another problem for Kyle?

This is a story about growing up and learning about the people around you, including your own family.

It's a well-paced story that will keep children's attention, I recommend it.

If you'd like to have my copy of this ARC, leave a comment here on my blog and email me your name and address at info NOSPAM @bookfaerie.com (take the spaces and NOSPAM out) and tell me why you'd like to have it.

1 comment:

Sally Derby said...

Thank you for your kind comments, Book Faerie. I've just subscribed to your blog, and I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts. Good luck with your business and happy reading, Sally Derby