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Marsh Island
By author: Sonya Spreen Bates   Illustrated by: Kasia Charko
Selling Points: "Camping, getting lost, hidden treasure"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: May/01/2009
Pages: 64
Fiction Ages 7-9
Price:  $6.95
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Twigs whipped at Jake's face. Roots leaped up to trip him. He couldn't breath. He glanced back, and a huge shadow lunged out from behind a tree.
   "Faster, Tommy!" he yelled.
   A boulder appeared in front of him. Jake leaped over it. He dodged around a couple of spruce trees and then plowed through some bushes. The blood pounded in his ears. He didn't care which way he went. He had to get away!

Jake and his younger brother Tommy are on their first camping trip. While exploring in the woods on Marsh Island, they lose their way. When the boys start to feel like they're not the only ones wandering in the woods, they begin to wonder if the story their dad told them about old Alfred Marsh and his lost fortune is true.
CM Magazine - April 30, 2010
"Fast-paced and highly enjoyable. The novel is full of suspense, and readers are kept on the edge of their seats to the end…A recommended purchase for public and school libraries."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - January 1, 2010
"A genuinely suspenseful transitional chapter book that will appeal to those readers who love to be scared."
Resource Links - October 1, 2009
"Just enough surprise, lots of action, extensive lively dialogue, and a combination of compelling plot points make this an enjoyable and lively read for youngsters."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - July 21, 2009
"A chapter book with just the right amount of adventure for boys ages seven to ten."


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2009
South Australia Premier's Reading Challenge selection, commended  AU  2010
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2010
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, commended  US  2010


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