Scar Island

Scar Island

Book - 2017
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Twelve-year-old Jonathan Grisby has been sent to the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys, a former lunatic asylum which is currently run by a sadist who enjoys punishing the boys and setting them against each other; but when a lightning strike kills all the adults the boys find themselves suddenly free--and trapped on Scar Island which seems to be sinking into the ocean.
Publisher: New York : 2017. Scholastic Press,
ISBN: 9781338053845
Branch Call Number: YF GEME

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JCLChrisK Jul 31, 2017

Fast paced and hard to put down, this book acknowledges inspirations Robinson Crusoe, Lord of the Flies, and Moby Dick. Except instead of a wilderness island, the group of boys is stranded in a crumbling reformatory island fortress that was originally an insane asylum. It is dark, dank, and claustrophobic. And they are only stranded because they choose to be. In addition to the suspense, the story considers social dynamics, friendship, and redemption, with action that is both external and internal. It's exciting and emotional.

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Mrsdoody
May 02, 2017

Great middle school read for boys. Yes, it is a little like Lord of the Flies, but very little.

AL_KELSEY Mar 27, 2017

I started reading this book and thought to myself, "Hmm, this sounds like Lord of the Flies," and much to my pleasure, Gemeinhart references that very story in his own novel. This tale of boys sent to an alternative school on an island under the control of the horrible, abusive Admiral is a great new Lord of the Flies type story--and it's suited for middle grade and is easy to understand. This is definitely a page turner, and these boys, while you hate many of them, are determined to survive and be his own person.

I really really liked this book by Dan Gemeinhart. This book was about how a group of boys try to survive on an island with no adults and no rules. The main characters in the book are Jonathan Grisby, Patrick, Colin Kerrigan, Sebastian, and Walter. The boys are trying to stay alive with no help from adults. They are on Slabhenge Island. The boys are there because they all committed bad crimes. I really liked how overtime the boys began to work together and help each other. I also liked how they called they called themselves “scars”, it was really cool how they come up with the name and it suites the title as well. One thing I didn’t like was how some of the characters weren’t really developed enough. The plot of the book was the kids were all at the island and then lightning struck where all the adults were standing and they all died then the boys tried to live on their own on the island. There were many conflicts in this story between many characters. Some dynamic characters were Jonathan, Sebastian, and Colin. There was a lot of humour in this book. I think that if you like Mystery, Action and Adventure you would like this book a lot. I Highly Recommended this book
-E. M.
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Scar Island is a very intriguing read that preteens and adults can both enjoy.
It stars the young 12 year old boy Jonathan that gets sent to a school meant for reforming troubled young boys. What he comes to realize is that this school is far from a school and more like a prison. Being commanded and controlled by the adults, none of the boys there like their surroundings or living conditions. They slave around cooking food for the grownups, cleaning, washing, and in the end must write a letter back telling their parents how much they love it. However on Jonathan's first day, all the grownups die and the young boys are finally free to do what they want for themselves. However not everything is joyous as it should be...
Jonathan is a well thought out character- he's not like most other 12 year old boys. He keeps a lot of secrets, and isn't the best person out there. However he is very brave, willing to do a lot to help his friends, and isn't afraid to admit that he is scared at times. He has a more logical outlook on things and tends to be the more creative, calm one out of the group.
The story itself is good, and leaves many things open for the reader to think about. It's a great page turner despite it's target audience being kids. The plot is interesting, characters are different, and the setting is definitely astonishing.
What I liked most about the book was the characters- Colin was my favorite, one of Jonathan's friends that was cunning and sneaky. The location of the story is very unique, adding to the plot. What I didn't like about the story the most was the pacing, the ending felt a bit rushed and after finishing the story it still leaves some questions unanswered.
I would rate this book 4/5
- V.D.

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joywolf83
Jan 14, 2017

This generation's Lord of the Flies

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