Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Island of the Aunts (Book review)

Island of the Aunts, by Eva Ibbotson, is the story of Aunt Myrtle, Aunt Coral, and Aunt Etta. They live on a small island caring for stranded sea animals...and not all of the creatures they care for are of this world...among their patients are mermaids, giant birds, and a stoorworm (a wingless sea dragon). But when these fantastical beasts get out of hand, the aunts kidnap dejected children to help them. Most of the children come to think of the Island as their new home. However, they never expected that they would have to guard the island with their lives, because when one rather unpleasant boy manages to contact his father and tell him the Island's secret, that is exactly what they will have to do.

This was a suspenseful story full of cliffhanger chapter endings. I was sad when it was over, and I can't wait to read more of Eva Ibbotson's books!


Jean said...

This sounds like a very interesting book, Annie. I've heard of the author before, but never read any of her books. I like the title, too, because I pronounce "aunts" as "ants," giving it almost a double meaning.

Nymeth said...

Eva Ibbotson is an author that has been on my list for a very long time. Looks like I've been missing out! This one sounds great and I'll definitely look for it.

Debi said...

Me too!

That one definitely was a book worth reading! I also recommend The Secret of Platform 13, which is also by her.


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