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The Island by Gary Paulsen

The Island (original 1988; edition 1990)

by Gary Paulsen

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Title:The Island
Authors:Gary Paulsen
Info:Laurel Leaf (1990), Mass Market Paperback
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The Island by Gary Paulsen (1988)


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This is a book about a teenager named Will. Will has to leave all of his friends behind as he moves into a totally new world. He ends up coming across a small lake that has an island in the center. He starts to go there quite often. It is his favorite place to go because he can learn about nature. While being on the island so much, he comes to learn about himself as well. Everyone from town thinks he's kind of crazy since he is extremely antisocial now as he is constantly on the island.

I thought that this book was quite interesting. It was pleasant t read. I like the amount of detail put into describing everything about the island. I like this book especially because I can kind of relate to it. Sometimes I just want to go somewhere where people aren't around and I can be alone. The author did a great job describing the feelings of Will throughout the entire story. I would recommend this book to almost anyone. ( )
  jacobc.b1 | Jun 7, 2016 |
The Island is a tale of discovery, of a young teen spending his days on a small island, observing and meditating upon what he sees, and how it makes him feel. Wil writes and paints, while his family and the locals try to figure out what is "wrong" with him. An interesting and thoughtful read. ( )
1 vote fuzzi | Dec 7, 2014 |
I loved this book couldn't stop reading . The book started off with a boy named Will Neuton, he was moving away from all his friends.He was moving to Pinewood. His house was really small,there were lots of misuqitoes.He was getting bit by tons of them.He found an island that looked like a horse shoe, and he made a friend named Sarah.They both became great friends,and they had an amazing adventure on that island.Studying nature and having fun. ( )
  tevins.b3 | Mar 19, 2014 |
This is the story of a 15 year old boy.

Takes place right after he has moved yet again to a new town. There is tension in the house between the parents. There is tension due to the move and their place in the world.

The boy finds a lake.
In the middle of the lake is an island.
He is drawn there.
He goes to the island and he learns. He learns who he is. He learns about nature. He learns about the world and his place in it.
He goes to the island to write, paint, meditate & to learn.
Until he just doesn't leave the island.

This is his story.

It is different than the other Paulsen books that I've read but you can still tell that it's a Gary Paulsen book.

Very very good. ( )
  ferrisscottr | Jun 18, 2013 |
Publishers Weekly
The island is in the middle of a small lake in northern Wisconsin. It is uninhabited until the summer Wilstet, who is 15, arrives. Wil is at first drawn by the simplicity of the place, but as his concentration sharpens the island unfolds its matrix of life and death, mirroring the unfolding layers of Wil's self-consciousness. He fills notebooks with watercolors and writes essays about what he sees, feels, remembers and observes within. He decides to stay, Thoreau-like, supported by his new friend Susan, even though the worldanxious parents, town bullies, and a curious pressoccasionally intrudes. His serenity finally becomes fascinating. This could have been another back-to-nature story, but Newbery Honor writer Paulsen tells Wil's inner journey with a confident lyricism that duplicates Wil's emotional qualities. The somewhat forced plot elements are secondary to the author's purposehis spareness, repetition and use of rhythm gives his language intensity while holding out to readers the promise of all-too-elusive clarity. Ages 11-14. ( )
1 vote | juliette_evans | Jun 30, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439786622, Paperback)

From a master storyteller comes a unique exploration into the exhilarating joys--and the inevitable dangers--of total solitude.

Every day, 15yo Wil Neuton gets up, brushes his teeth, leaves the house, and rows away from shore. He's discovered the island, a place where he can go to be alone and learn to know nature--and himself.
Wil's only mission is to let go of the outside world. But the outside world refuses to let go of him. His family regards him as a puzzle. The town bully is determined to challenge him. And suddenly, even reporters know his name.
He can confront them all, or he can embrace his solitude forever. Just one thing is certain now: Wil Neuton will no longer be relying on anybody but himself.

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Fifteen-year-old Wil discovers himself and the wonders of nature when he leaves home to live on an island in northern Wisconsin.

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