Synopses & Reviews
Frances is alone on a small island in the middle of the Indian ocean. She has to find water and food. She has to survive. And when she is there she also thinks about the past. The things that she did before. The things that made her a monster. Nothing is easy. Survival is hard and so is being honest about the past. Frances is a survivor however, and with the help of the only other crash survivor, she sees that the future is worth fighting for.
The Island is a gripping and thoughtful story about a girl who didnt ask to be the person she is but is also determined to make herself the person she wants to be.
Levez’s debut captures the emotional journey of 16 year old Frances Stanton one of a plane full of British juvenile delinquents and camp staffers headed to a skills based intervention on an Indonesian island. When the plane crashes Frances reaches a deserted island with few supplies where she struggles to find food water and shelter among sharks and poisonous plants. With a dog as her only companion Frances faces painful memories of her family back home including her ill mother her half brother and her mother’s lecherous boyfriend. Through short chapters Levez effortlessly balances Frances’s past present and imagined future including vivid flashbacks of her home life and acts of retaliation against a well meaning teacher. After a storm hits Frances meets another survivor Rufus whose prescriptive habits cause friction. Their relationship moves from rocky to companionable but when food runs low and Rufus lands in a dire situation Frances must find a way off the island to save her newfound friend. Echoing O’Dell’s Island of the Blue Dolphins Levez’s story will keep readers riveted as determined hard edged Frances fights to survive. Ages 13–up. Agent: Clare Wallace Darley Anderson Literary. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"Echoing O Dell s Island of the Blue Dolphins, Levez s story will keep readers riveted as determined, hard-edged Frances fights to survive."
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
School Library Journal
As part of an Outward Bound style treatment for young people who ve committed crimes, Frances finds herself on a plane to a remote village where she will do community service in exchange for staying out of juvenile detention.
But an accident leaves her alone on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. She has to find water and food. She has to survive. And when she is there she also has to think about the past. The things that she did before. The things that made her a monster. Nothing is easy. Survival is hard and so is being honest with herself.
So when she discovers another survivor on the island, will it bring out the worst in her again? Or will it finally help her to see that her future is worth fighting for?
A gripping and thoughtful story about a girl determined to survive against all odds and find the courage to become the person she wants to be.
About the Author
Olivia Levez divides her time between teaching English and binge-writing in her caravan by the sea. Olivia likes hula-hooping, yoga and real ale, but not at the same time. She lives in Worcestershire with her husband, two sons and her real-life dog, Basil.