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The Island at the End of Everything

by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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LoveReading View on The Island at the End of Everything

Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Children's Book Award

Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award

In a nutshell: beautifully told story of courage and hope and an unforgettable setting

Kiran Millwood Hargrave follows up her award-winning debut The Girl of Ink and Stars with a story set in the real world, though one still filled with a sense of wonder and the extraordinary. Set in the Philippines at the beginning of the last century it tells the story of a girl forcibly removed from her mother, as many were, because her mother has leprosy, or as those with the disease preferred, is touched. With the help of her friends Ami makes her way back to her mother and it’s a story of love, courage and hope, all of these symbolised by the butterflies that fill the pages and that are so important to the story. It’s passionately told, full of memorable scenes and characters, and the writing is beautiful.  ~ Andrea Reece

The Costa Judges say: ‘Entirely original with not a word out of place – as vivid and beautiful as the butterflies themselves.’

A message from the author:    ‘At a time when the world seems to be moving deeper towards intolerance, the message that we should be together but not the same, was at the forefront of my mind when writing this book. It’s easy to label people, and labelling means reducing them to one attribute, which in turn makes it easier to dismiss, dehumanise, and persecute. In The Island at the End of Everything, it is down to Ami, and her friend Mari, to find a way home in a society that tells them they are only children, only girls, and so are not in control of their own lives. But of course, this is far from the truth.’

Andrea Reece

The Island at the End of Everything Synopsis

Amihan lives on Culion Island, where some of the inhabitants - including her mother - have leprosy. Ami loves her home - with its blue seas and lush forests, Culion is all she has ever known. But the arrival of malicious government official Mr Zamora changes her world forever: islanders untouched by sickness are forced to leave. Banished across the sea, she's desperate to return, and finds a strange and fragile hope in a colony of butterflies. Can they lead her home before it's too late?

The Island at the End of Everything Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Cajsa Jonsson, age 12 - 'an amazing book that told a heart-warming story about friendship. It takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions from beginning to end and I really recommend it.'
  • Evie Aconley, age 10 - 'An enjoyable book that will interest you so much that you will find it hard to put down!'
  • Felicity Wilcox, age 14 - 'A great emotional rollercoaster adventure story...It made you grip the edge of your seat (or bed if you read it at night).'
  • Ella Meredith, age 10 - 'I think this is a very good book that gets better as you move further into it. I would recommend this book for ages 8+ and would give it 4/5 stars.'
  • Ellen Cox, age 10 - 'A brilliant book that captures your heart...There are such detailed descriptions I had very clear images in my head.'
  • Emma Corden, age 11 - 'If you are looking for a sad adventurous but exciting new book to read I would recommend this book!'
  • Bella Rix-Clanc, age 10 - 'A happy, sad, exiting and beautiful book. I read it with my mum and we both enjoyed it.'    
  • Aoibhe Churcher, age 11 - 'I  really enjoyed the book. It was exciting, griping, and mind blowing.'
  • Annie Sherratt, age 12 - 'This is my favourite book, based on history but with streaks of magic. It is a sad book, that often makes you smile, about friendship and reunions.'
  • Felicity Kerswell, age 14 - 'At the start I was unsure if I would like this book but as the story progressed and you found out more about the characters it grew on me and by the end I was crying.'
  • Humaira Kauser - 'There is not a lot to say other than read this book and anything else this author writes because it will blow you away.'
  • Charlotte Cassidy, age 11 - 'I loved this book because you could actually connect with the characters, and it keeps you wanting to know more.'
  • William Pasturel, age nearly 12 - 'I quite liked this book because it was very descriptive and captured the characters personalities perfectly.'
  • Rose Hopkins - 'It was a creative, emotional rollercoaster, butterflies woven through the story, like a ribbon, tying it all together.  There were some very beautiful descriptions.  I found it a very satisfying read.'

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ISBN: 9781910002766
Publication date: 04/05/2017
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910002766
Publication date: 4th May 2017
Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites,
Categories: Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage), Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage), Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage),

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