Sunday, September 24, 2006

Wild Man Island
by Will Hobbs
(Harpercollins Juvenile Books; ISBN: 0688174736)

If you like adventure, danger, and the excitement of uncharted territory, then this book by Will Hobbs is for you.

Fourteen-year-old Andy Galloway is on a quest. He has joined a kayaking trip in Alaska, hoping to visit the place where his archeologist father was killed. Andy sneaks away from the group and travels the two miles to the location. He leaves a tribute to his father, but when he starts to return to the group, he is unaware a storm is brewing.

His kayak crashes and Andy finds himself washed ashore on Admiralty Island, a wilderness. Andy encounters wolves, bear, a Newfoundland dog, and a wild man. Who is this man and where did he come from? Is he the last of those who originally inhabited this island or someone lost at sea, like Andy?

Typical of Hobbs’ style, the reader will find an exciting story, laced with factual information about Admiralty Island and early human migration.

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