Laurel Snyder

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Orphan Island

Longlisted for the National Book Award
book | Fiction | May 2017
US & Canada → Walden Pond Press (Ed. Jordan Brown)

Lord of the Flies meets Lost.

For readers who loved 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?


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Art Grup Editorial

A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true.

Kelly Barnhill

This is one of those books that haunts you long after you read it. Thought-provoking and magical.

Rick Riordan

The dissonance Jinny feels is universal, and Snyder’s skillful storytelling and lyrical writing heighten its impact.

Publishers Weekly (starred)
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This charming, engrossing tale set in a vividly realized world is expertly paced and will appeal to fans of wilderness adventure stories and character-driven relationship novels alike.

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Snyder’s tribute to the painful aspects of growing up is elegant in its simplicity.

The Horn Book
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Delightfully strange.

Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books
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The premise is intriguing, the writing is strong, and the tight pacing will keep readers fully engaged.

School Library Journal
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