Synopses & Reviews
From a master storyteller comes a unique exploration into the exhilarating joys--and the inevitable dangers--of total solitude.
Every day, 15yo Wil Neuton gets up, brushes his teeth, leaves the house, and rows away from shore. He's discovered the island, a place where he can go to be alone and learn to know nature--and himself.
Wil's only mission is to let go of the outside world. But the outside world refuses to let go of him. His family regards him as a puzzle. The town bully is determined to challenge him. And suddenly, even reporters know his name.
He can confront them all, or he can embrace his solitude forever. Just one thing is certain now: Wil Neuton will no longer be relying on anybody but himself.
Wil and his family have moved again, and this time it is tougher since his parents are fighting. Luckily, Wil discovers the island. There he can be alone and forget his problems. But Wil's parents become worried when he announces that he wants to stay on the island forever.
About the Author
Gary Paulsen has written more than 175 books and some 200 articles and short stories for children and adults. He is considered one of the most important writers for young adults today. Three of his novels HATCHET, DOGSONG, and THE WINTER ROOM were Newbery Honor books, and his works frequently appear on the best books lists of the American Library Association.
Mr. Paulsen and his wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, an artist who has illustrated several of his books, divide their time between their home in New Mexico, a boat in the Pacific, and adventures in the wilderness.