The Island

by Gary Paulsen

Hardcover, 1988



Local notes

Fic Pau





Orchard (1988), Edition: First Printing, 202 pages. $17.95.


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


Sequoyah Book Award (Nominee — Young Adult — 1991)
Best Fiction for Young Adults (Selection — 1988)

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Physical description

202 p.; 8.54 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member fuzzi
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.
LibraryThing member ferrisscottr
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member tevins.b3
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
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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.
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The Island by Gary Paulsen (Paperback)




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