Kyle's Island by Sally Derby - book review
Kyle's Island is filled with descriptive language and would make a decent read for teaching descriptive writing or examining mood or tone in writing style. It's an atmospheric story where the setting plays a large part.
However, the pace of Kyle's Island will be difficult for many young readers. It is mostly a character study of Kyle's coming-of-age. While Kyle is written in an authentically frustrated and tween-aged voice, the lack of any real plot development will additionally limit its readership. However, there's a nice boy, fishing, and growing up story in there for readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories.
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Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age: 5th - 8th grade interest level
Themes: Family, Divorce, Interpersonal Relationships, Overcoming Anger
Date: February 2010
Buy Kyle's Island HERE
Scroll down to the bottom left on the publisher's page to find a discussion & activity guide HERE.