Sunday, October 6

Book Review: Surprise Island

Title: Surprise Island

Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner

Pages: EBook 76

Summary: Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they have a home with their grandfather and are spending the summer on their own private island. There is a mysterious stranger on the island with a secret--but that's not the only surprise in store for the Boxcar Children.

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: For the most part I enjoyed the book, it was a favourite series of mine when I was a child, although this one I don't remember reading, it was still a nice, quick read. The characters have grown a bit, but they still manage to go on an interesting adventure. I think the book is well worth reading for the age range, even if it is quite outdated, as I think a lot of readers can relate to the characters.

One of the issues I had with the book, was, I found parts of it a bit unbelievable at times in how everything always worked out so perfectly. I know it's a children's book and the time it was written also impacted the overall content, but everything was just so perfect in how it all worked out in the end, it just didn't feel right to me. The connection the "mysterious" stranger had in the end, and other things that happened throughout the book and how it came together was far to forced for me. I also took issue to the children, being left on an island for an entire summer, left to their own devices, but I won't get into that.

Otherwise, it was a good read. Not really a book for my age range, but a good choice for readers who are just starting to get into chapter books.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was still a fun book to read, but I'd recommend it more to the audience level it's directed at than to the young at heart.

What to read next: More books from the series

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, EBook Challenge,

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