An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls


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¡Hola! Here comes another review.

How did I get it? It was sent to me for review by the lovely people at Scholastic. Thank you very much. 😳

Synopsis:

From one of the brightest talents in children’s fiction and the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book prize comes a new novel about family and friendship. Siblings Jonathan, Holly and Davy have been struggling to survive since the death of their mother, and are determined to avoid being taken into care. When the family’s wealthy but eccentric Great-Aunt Irene has a stroke, they go to visit her. Unable to speak or write, she gives Holly some photographs that might lead them to an inheritance that could solve all their problems. But they’re not the only ones after the treasure.

Review:

I liked this book but I didn’t love it. It seemed to be written towards the younger half of YA and I couldn’t seem to get past that. It felt written for someone who was younger than me, like my twelve year old sister.

However the story was good itself and showed the side of a parent less young girl fostered by her older brother with no money. It showed the real struggle of not having anything you needed and having to rely on some benefits to help the family. I liked the reality of having an adventure to find the jewellery. It seemed realistic to have that goal and adventure, like it wasn’t far out of reality.

I liked the MakerSpace and now I want to go and find and join one. The idea of lock picking classes and fixing everything seems very appealing.

Holly was a really great character, sassy and headstrong and humble when she needed to be. Davy was really cute and adorable and just made me cringe with cuteness. I liked how Jonathan looked after his siblings and was a great leader. He was empathetic and kind but firm when he needed to put Holly and Davy in line.

So overall I liked it but it wasn’t amazing, still worth a read though. ⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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