Shadow Island

  • Illustrated By: Mike Deas
  • Pages:192
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Sueño Bay Adventures
  • Themes:adventure, island, West Coast, Pacific North West, the power of crystals
  • Available:10/01/2019
  • Age Groups:Graphic Novel 6-8
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:P

With nowhere left to live after losing his parents and working his way through a long list of relatives on the mainland, Ollie finds himself at his grandpa’s house in Sueño Bay, "home of the supernatural."

Miserable and intending to get away from the earthquake-prone, rain-soaked island on the next bus out of town, Ollie's getaway plans are altered abruptly when he and three classmates discover something they shouldn't have in a trailer in the woods.

The four unlikely friends come together in a mystery involving supernatural creatures, a ticking clock and one angry gym teacher to save themselves, the creatures and Sueño Bay from a darkness that is infecting the island. If they succeed, will Ollie finally find a place to call home?

"I love the Sueño Bay series so much. Each book is a spell of wonder, magic and friendship."
– Richard Van Camp, author of Welcome Song for Baby and Little You

“A charming read and a promising start to a new series.”

– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Underlying messages of environmentalism, friendship, and home make this magical mystery a win.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Young readers will eagerly follow the fast-paced adventure...Star here is the artwork, with the muted palette and realistic art style skillfully conveying the naturalistic setting and moody tone...Hand to young readers looking for slightly spooky shenanigans.”
– School Library Journal
“A fun, magical romp that younger readers will enjoy.”
– Booklist
“A promising beginning. Equal parts adventure, drama, and fantasy, this middle grade graphic novel will have a broad appeal...does an excellent job at representing economic and racial diversity.”
– Resource Links
“This story has it all: a mystery set on misty islands, a crew of kids determined to crack the case, cute and cuddly supernatural creatures, and a surprising plot twist that reminds savvy sleuths to second-guess everything.”
– Hakai Magazine
“This fast paced graphic novel is very entertaining. The story is fun and mysterious and the colorful graphics enhance the story and experience.”
– Must Read Literature: K thru YA
“Commanding and fast-moving…Recommend it to readers who are into the supernatural and adventures or stories of friendship.”
– Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk blog
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection   | 2020  |  Commended
Chocolate Lily Book Awards   | 2020  |  Short-listed