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Sarah Robinson is deeply troubled in the wake of her dad’s second marriage. She now has to deal with a new stepmom and two stepbrothers, Marco, who is her age, and Nacho, who’s younger. Even though they’ve all moved from Texas to California to start life as a new, blended family, none of the kids seem remotely happy about it.

Sarah’s dad and stepmom then decide to take the whole family on a special vacation in order to break the ice and have everyone get to know one another. They’ll fly to Tahiti, charter a boat, and go sailing for a few days. It’ll be an adventure, right?

Wrong. Dead wrong.


Shipwreck Island is the first installment in a series from S.A. Bodeen.

Shipwreck Island

by S.A. Bodeen

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Overall Review:  

There are some quite attractive elements in the middle grade novel Shipwreck Island:  the Survivor-Robinson Crusoe feel, the adventure set-up, the mysteriousness, and characters that will appeal to both girl and boy readers.  This should be a great book!  Instead it is really just a great book jacket summary expanded to fill some pages.  It was so disappointing that the book never developed or moved beyond the jacket flap write-up.  With large print and plentiful white space, this novel feels almost like a novella and the ending didn't qualify as a ending or a cliff-hanger.  Shipwreck Island truly feels like a larger work that was spliced off and it is hard as a reader not to feel rather indignant and ripped-off.  There is nothing wrong with the writing or the characters.  One can only hope that the next installment in this series will be more substantive and give a promising storyline the treatment it deserves.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None


Violence/Gore:  Characters come upon another character who has been killed in an accident, non-detailed; destruction of property by natural forces; a character is found unconscious under mysterious circumstances; animals/creatures are threatening to characters, but no harm is actually incurred.


Sex/Nudity:  None

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Death, divorce, remarriage.

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Reviewed By Cindy
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