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About the Author
Laurel Snyder is the author of picture books and novels for children, including National Book Award nominee Orphan Island and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner Charlie & Mouse. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she currently teaches in Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. She lives in Atlanta with her family and can be found online at www.laurelsnyder.com.
Kim Mai Guest is an award-winning voice actor for audiobooks and video games. She can also be heard on television shows, such as G.I. Joe: Renegades, Batman: the Brave and the Bold, and Avatar, and in movies such asChill Out Scooby Doo and Dead Space: Aftermath. Her video game work includes Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, and The Lord of the Rings.
Kim Mai Guest captivates listeners with her narration of Snyder's wondrous story...Guest incorporates a different tone and pace for each of the story's nine (later 10) consistently portrayed characters, adjusting her voice to embody a variety of ages, personalities, and attitudes. As the mystery of the island unfolds, Guest brings Jinny and Ess's many adventures and mishaps to life. Narrating from Jinny's perspective, Guest's tone slowly changes over the course of the story after Jinny makes a decision that brings chaos to the orphans' home. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.-- "AudioFile"
A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true.-- "Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author"
Through the precocious Jinny, Snyder delivers a contemplative commentary on the transition from childhood to adolescence and from ignorance to awareness...The dissonance Jinny feels is universal, and Snyder's skillful storytelling and lyrical writing heighten its impact.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
The premise is intriguing, the writing is strong, and the tight pacing will keep readers fully engaged...For readers who are interested in dystopian landscapes.-- "School Library Journal"
This charming, engrossing tale set in a vividly realized world is expertly paced and will appeal to fans of wilderness adventure stories and character-driven relationship novels alike.-- "Kirkus Reviews"