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Lost children of the far islands, Emily Raabe

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Lost children of the far islands
Title
Lost children of the far islands
Statement of responsibility
Emily Raabe
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
After their mother falls mysteriously ill, eleven-year-old twins Gus and Leo and their mute younger sister Ila learn that they share their mother's ability to transform into animals, and to defeat the evil King of the Black Lakes, they must harness this newfound power
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Review
  • Grades 5-8 Eleven-year-old twins Gus and Leo and their younger sister, Ila, don’t know it yet, but they are Folk, creatures of Celtic legend who can transform into animals, and when their mother can no longer hide them from a scary, vengeful monster, they are secreted away to a rocky island off the coast of Maine for protection. Once there, they learn about their mysterious heritage and how to transform into animals themselves. Soon, however, the monster learns of their presence, and they race to keep him from wreaking any more havoc. Though it suffers from a couple of distracting plot gaps, Raabe’s debut novel is brimming with pleasing details, and her description of Gus and Leo’s transformation into seals really shines—as the twins get used to darting through the sea as seals, they inhabit more than just their bodies. They also experience how seals see (they’re color-blind); feel (by sensing vibration in the water around them); and communicate (in barks and clicks and without complex concepts like time). This page-turning fantasy- adventure is tailor-made for marine-life fanatics. -- Hunter, Sarah (Reviewed 04-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 15, p89)
  • Gr 4 – 6 — Twins Gustavia and Leomaris live fairly normal lives, so it comes as a complete surprise that their mother becomes mysteriously ill—because she's not really human; she's a Folk, part of a group of people who can turn into animals. Gus and Leo are about to turn 11, the age at which the Folk begin to Turn, and they start to notice peculiar things happening to them, like being able to hold their breath underwater for long periods of time. Their younger sister, Ila, is a selective mute and begins to speak for the first time. When their mother goes into a coma, the children learn that they are being hunted, and that their mother gave up her health and strength to protect them. What's more, they are the last of the Folk, and the only ones who can stop the Dobhar-Chu, the villainous King of the Black Lakes, from escaping his cave prison. The characters are complex and well developed, and the plot flows smoothly, apart from a slightly abrupt ending, and there is a great deal of interesting information about animals ("Killer whales are apex predators"). Raabe has created a rich and detailed world for fantasy fans.—Jessica Ko, Los Angeles Public Library --Jessica Ko (Reviewed April 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 4, p153)
  • In a lush and swiftly moving fantasy, Gustavia (aka Gus) and her twin brother, Leo, are approaching their 11th birthday when life becomes strange. Tides are unusually high in the Gulf of Maine, fishermen disappear in sudden storms, and Gus and Leo discover that they can remain underwater without surfacing for breath. After their mother becomes deathly ill, Gus, Leo, and their highly sensitive younger sister are secreted away by an extinct species of sea mink called "The Bedell," who leads them to their maternal grandmother, the Morai, on the mysterious Far Islands. The children learn that they are "Folk," able to transform into animals like seals and foxes, and they must help prevent the dark Dobhar-Chu and his wolves from claiming the sea. Raabe's (Leave It Behind) poetic sensibility is visible in her vibrant descriptions of the ocean, the shape-shifters' heightened senses, and her vision of a liminal world hidden from human perception. Ages 8–12. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed April 28, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 17, p)
  • The first sentence grabs readers right away: "On May 23, exactly one month before Gustavia and Leomaris Brennan's eleventh birthday, their mother became terribly, mysteriously ill." The promise of the sentence is fulfilled as Gus, Leo and their selectively mute little sister, Ila, discover and battle the source of their mother's illness, simultaneously learning of their own magical powers. Filtered primarily through Gus' point of view, the third-person narration is full of action, with cliffhangers ending most chapters. In a nice feminist touch, Gus is the active twin; Leo, the bookworm. The children are whisked away from their parents to help the Móraí—their ancient, powerful uber–great-grandmother—defeat a monster who has already wreaked great havoc on the Atlantic coast. Plot, characters, Celtic folklore and many magical elements—especially surrounding the servant called "the Bedell"—are reminiscent of works by P.L. Travers and Susan Cooper. Divergence from these classics lies in the supernatural abilities of the children (and the Bedell) to become other animals and to use this power in their quest. The strongest, most believable scenes in this cinematic book take readers firmly into the realm of the fantastic, with their vivid descriptions of such wonders as a living, breathing book and swimming and communicating as seals. In contrast, some of the realistic scenes are awkward and clichéd. Appropriately interspersed scientific facts are an added plus. A mostly strong magical adventure in the grand tradition. (Fantasy. 8-11)(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10301251
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Raabe, Emily
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
800L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.R10033
LC item number
Los 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
5.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shapeshifting
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Families
  • Selective mutism
  • Supernatural
  • Shapeshifting
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Family life
  • Selective mutism
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Maine
  • Maine
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Lost children of the far islands, Emily Raabe
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 275)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1016569
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9780375870910
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013014768
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780375870910
Label
Lost children of the far islands, Emily Raabe
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 275)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1016569
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9780375870910
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013014768
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780375870910

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