The Island of Beyond

Awarded National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 2017 Notable Children’s Book!

NYC Department of Education’s NYC READS 365 Reading List 2017-2018!

2017 Maine Literary Award finalist!

Selected by the New York Public Library as one of the Best Books for Kids and Teens in 2016!

A favorite book of the year on the Island Writers and Readers 2016 Holiday Book List

Chosen for Curious City BESTIES 2016 List!

“I was riveted by this book. I didn’t want to put it down for fear of losing time with Martin.” (The Lit Pub)

“If you read only one middle grade novel this year, make it The Island of Beyond.” (Kid Lit Reviews)

 “Of enduring quality, this book lingers in one’s mind long after reading is finished.” (Journal of Children’s Literature)

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“This is a real page-turner with lots of character questions raised to keep readers interested. Highly recommended for mid to late primary.” (Children’s Book Council of Australia)

” [The] deeper meaning of this novel is profound, and it deserves a place in modern children’s literature.” (South Africa:


“The timeless quest for love and acceptance will resonate with all readers… Quietly powerful.” (Kirkus Reviews)


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“For the first time in his life, Martin discovers feelings he’s never had before… A gently told coming-of-age story distinguished by its beautifully described island setting.” (School Library Journal)


“A deftly constructed and consistently compelling read from cover to cover . . .” (Midwest Book Review)


“A fit for readers of coming-of-age adventures by Gary Paulsen, Scott O’Dell, or Wilson Rawls.” (Booklist)

Eleven-year-old Martin Hart can hardly imagine a worse summer.

Martin’s dad wants him to like “normal” boy things—playing sports and exploring the outdoors—so he sends Martin to his great-aunt Lenore, who lives on a tiny island called Beyond.

But nothing about Beyond is what Martin expects, certainly not the strange local boy who unexpectedly befriends Martin. Solo can canoe and climb trees and survive on his own in the wilderness . . . and Martin’s drawn to him in a way he doesn’t quite understand. He’s not even sure he can trust Solo. In fact, can he trust anything about this strange island, where everyone seems to be keeping secrets?

This coming-of-age novel will keep readers turning the pages as Martin conquers his fears, forges extraordinary friendships, and surprises everyone — including himself.

Carolrhoda Books

(Ages: 9 – 13)

A Division of Lerner Publishing Group


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