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Children's Fiction General

The Island

by (author) Lori Doody

Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides
Initial publish date
Mar 2024
General, Country Life, General
Recommended Age
3 to 5
Recommended Grade
p to k
Recommended Reading age
3 to 5
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2024
    List Price

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An island off the coast of another island is home to a small community; life is rich with joy and challenges, and the people who live there love their island home. One day they learn that the government will move them off the island, to new homes with modern conveniences like electricity. Life will be simpler, but will it be better?

In gentle and spare prose, and with her unique folk-art illustrations, Lori Doody tells the story of resettlement in Newfoundland—it is a deeply personal tale, but it is also the story of anyone who must leave a loved home to start anew and who carries their old home still in their heart."

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Editorial Reviews

A must-read for all ages, The Island captures a glimpse of the past that needs to be shared and remembered. Highly recommended.

Christina Pike

The economical text effectively conveys a wealth of emotion and captures a full range of feeling. Precise, spare and carefully crafted sentences outline the events while the spaces between the sentences tell their own story. [...] The story is touching and heartfelt, and will speak to readers of all ages.

Lisa Doucet

[Lori Doody's] gentle plots and captivating illustrations invite readers young and old into familiar worlds seen with fresh eyes. [...] This spare and beautiful depiction of a long and tangly piece of Newfoundland history caused me to mist over and I don't mind admitting that the sweet ending elicited a little "oof" sound from this normally stoic reader.

Jean Graham

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