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The Storm Keeper's Island

by Catherine Doyle

Published by U.S. edition: Bloomsbury, 2019
308 pages
ISBN: 978-1-68119959-7

Ages 8-12

Fionn and his older sister Tara are spending the summer on the island of Arranmore, just off the coast of western Ireland, while their mother is treated for depression. Fionnís father drowned before he was born and Fionn is terrified of the sea. But heís intrigued by the island, which sometimes shimmers and shifts before his eyes, and his grandfather, whose cottage is full of homemade candles, each labeled with a different date. Fionn discovers that each candle, when burned, allows travel to that time on Arranmore, and making them is the job of the Stormkeeper, currently his grandfather, whose health is beginning to fail. Fionnís grandfather thinks Fionn is destined to be the next Stormkeeper and wants to prepare his grandson for the role. A family feud; an age-old battle between good and evil; a race to find a legendary, hidden cave; and the desire to understand his parentsí past all present complications, temptations, and motivations for Fionn in this captivating tale to be continued. An original premise, vividly realized setting, and well-drawn characters distinguish a story shot through with lively moments of humor in the dialogue. ©2019 Cooperative Childrenís Book Center



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