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Island of the Aunts (1999)

by Eva Ibbotson

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As they get older, several sisters decide that they must kidnap children and bring them to their secluded island home to help with the work of caring for an assortment of unusual sea creatures.

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This made my day for many reasons, many of them quite wrong. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
This was one of my top 5 reads as a child. I recommend it to everyone. All of Eva Ibbotson's books, really, but this was the one that started my obsession. What a gem of a tale! ( )
  rjcrunden | Feb 2, 2021 |
A very fun middle grade fantasy reminiscent of older works. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Sep 10, 2020 |
Advance copy. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
This book came to me recently because I had recalled reading it as a child wherein I recalled being impressed by it's ability to make me feel like it took place in a dreamlike state, an early example to me of what it feels like to have a story that takes place half in a prosaic narrative format but also half in a mythological mode. Something felt ancient about the idea of the aunts even then, and I feel as if the way it plays on the archetypes they represent is excellent, and more than a little subversive.
  The-Magic-Sword | Apr 22, 2018 |
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Here is a creative, whimsical novel in the fine British tradition of Roald Dahl. Three aunts live on a secret island in the Atlantic. They are charged with maintaining the safety and health of many strange and wonderful sea creatures, including mermaids, selkies, the stoorworm, and the giant kraken. But the aunts are growing older and need some help with their caretaking duties. They decide to kidnap some children and bring them to the island. Minette and Fabio are unwanted children who love working with the aunts. Lambert Sprott, on the other hand, is a spoiled brat who causes nothing but trouble. When Lambert's greedy father tracks Lambert down, he also threatens the lives of the beautiful creatures. He captures most of the island's inhabitants, intent on making money off of them back in England. Of course, the forces of good prevail in the end. Packed with witticisms and dry humor, children will laugh out loud at the wacky world Ibbotson has conjured up. 2000, Dutton Children's Books, $15.99. Ages 8 to 12.
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