Nine children on an island, all alone. None of them know why they are on the island or why there have only ever been nine. Each year a boat arrives and leaves a small child and takes the oldest one away. Jinny is now the oldest and tasked with caring for the newest arrival. Her spirit and curiosity coupled with her desire do right by her new charge drives this beautiful and Intriguing story. I loved being swept away to this lush island full of meaty and wonderful characters. This was just the thing for summer! — From Patti H.
A National Book Award Longlist title!
"A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true." —Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon
"This is one of those books that haunts you long after you read it. Thought-provoking and magical." —Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series
In the tradition of modern-day classics like Sara Pennypacker's Pax and Lois Lowry's The Giver comes a deep, compelling, heartbreaking, and completely one-of-a-kind novel about nine children who live on a mysterious island.
On the island, everything is perfect. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their cabins, it is with full stomachs and joy in their hearts.
And only one thing ever changes: on that day, each year, when a boat appears from the mist upon the ocean carrying one young child to join them—and taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again.
Today’s Changing is no different. The boat arrives, taking away Jinny’s best friend, Deen, replacing him with a new little girl named Ess, and leaving Jinny as the new Elder. Jinny knows her responsibility now—to teach Ess everything she needs to know about the island, to keep things as they’ve always been.
But will she be ready for the inevitable day when the boat will come back—and take her away forever from the only home she’s known?
"A unique and compelling story about nine children who live with no adults on a mysterious island. Anyone who has ever been scared of leaving their family will love this book" (from the Brightly.com review, which named Orphan Island a best book of 2017).
Laurel Snyder is a poet and author of picture books and novels for children, including Orphan Island, Bigger than a Bread Box, Seven Stories Up, and the Charlie and Mouse series. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches in the creative writing programs at Hamline and Emory Universities. Laurel lives in Atlanta with her family, and can be found online at www.laurelsnyder.com.