“Island, Book One: Shipwreck,” by Gordon Korman

“Island, Book One: Shipwreck,” by Gordon Korman is the first installment of an exciting survival series about six teens marooned on a desert island.

The main characters are Luke, Lyssa, Will, Ian, J.J. and Charla. Each of them was enrolled in Charting a New Course, a special program for troubled teens. The six teens will be sailing a small schooner on a month long trip through the ocean off Guam.

At first it appears that the most difficult thing the teens will experience is getting along with each other and the boat's first mate, Mr. Radford, a bully who seems to get a thrill from making the kids work hard. But disaster strikes when a freak storm arises, damaging the ship and washing the captain overboard, never to be seen again. For a time the survivors attempt to save the ship, but when it becomes obvious that the ship is doomed Mr. Radford abandons the teens during the night, taking the life boat and most of the food provisions. Suddenly the teens are facing shipwreck in an ocean that is rarely frequented by planes or ships.

Gordon Korman's “Island, Book One: Shipwreck,” is definitely a thrilling story. The mixture of characters enlivens the plot with their social interactions. The novel's elements of danger and suspense make this story move quickly to its cliff hanger conclusion. I would definitely recommend Gordon Korman's “Island” series to young readers.

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Inkweaver Review 2008-12-25T09:01:00-06:00

61 replies so far. What are your thoughts?

Anonymous said...

i just read Island and its my favorite book.my teacher made me read it but it was worth the time because i love this book so much!Gordon Korman is the best and i love all of his book!keep writing Gordon!

NathanKP said...

Thanks for commenting.

I'm glad that you like the "Island" series so much. It is definitely an exciting creation by author Gordan Korman.

Anonymous said...

I Love These Books! Top 20 for me a least! Amazing Books! The ending was just... AMAZINGLY Different!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NathanKP said...

The ending definitely leaves you in a cliffhanger.

Thanks for commenting.

Anonymous said...

I'd say this book is good for 9-11 year olds to read. But i am 12 and i love this book sooooooo much. I also <3 the book dive, but i have not read everest yet!!!!!!!!!
i hope to read it soon, though! :D

Kirk said...

I read most of the book except for the end, what happens ?

Anonymous said...

I recently read the novels Shipwreck & Survival by Gordon Korman. I really liked these books a lot! A first I thought it was boring, but every time I kept reading these books I found them more and more interesting! I hope my teacher gets the 3rd book for us to read in class!

Anonymous said...

My class and I read Shipwreck & Survival. We liked both books very much. I can't wait to read the next book! When we first started reading Shipwreck I thought it was going to be hard to understand and boring but it wasn't!

Anonymous said...

Shipwreck was the best book ever!!! I loved it!!! It was very interesting. Each day I couldn't wait to read the next chapter!

Anonymous said...

I only read the first 2 books, Shipwreck & Survival by Gordon Korman but I think they are the best books I ever read!!! Next I hope to read Escape. I can't wait to read it!

Anonymous said...

The Shipwreck book made me :) and I <3 it!

Anonymous said...

In my class we read Island Book 1- Shipwreck and Island book 2- Survival. My opinion is these books were fun to read. I wish they had a movie to go with the novels!!!

Anonymous said...

I read Shipwreck & Survival in my class. They were both really good books! Both books showed you how to live without food or water. They were fun books to read! :)

Anonymous said...

Shipwreck was a good book. I couldn't wait to read the next story to find out what happens in the next story. I also liked reading Survival. I never use to like reading novels but after reading these 2 books in class I can't wait to read the next book!

Anonymous said...

Shipwreck was the best book ever!!! I thought that the book was so much intertaning and I could not help it I had to read the next book!!! I literly staid up all night reading those book. I could not put the book down!!

Anonymous said...

what was the plot????

Anonymous said...

Good book but kinda slow

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Anonymous said...

WHAT HAPPENES AT THE END?!?!?:)

Anonymous said...

This book iz crazii.....best book i eva read

Anonymous said...

well this book is very good i guess so far. I think that it would have been more interesting if the boat sank at the bbeginning because the reader wants to keep reading. But other then that i thought it was great (even though i didnt fiinish it) hehe xD

Anonymous said...

i love it thats all i have to say

Anonymous said...

im reading this in grade 9 for a project, and after i read it, my teacher looks at me and says, "Its a reading level 4, Harrison," WOW fail

Anonymous said...

sean is awesome

Anonymous said...

simply amazing... thats all i can say.

Anonymous said...

THIS BOOK SUCKS

Anonymous said...

this boook bitesssss . worst book i ever read .

Anonymous said...

this book beats all books end of story

Anonymous said...

im 12 and i had to do a projext for this book loved it though i didnt get a very good grade

Anonymous said...

This book, series is annoying. they suck. i read island as a kid and read it recently it's a tragedy. kids shouldsnt have to live "ship Life." I don't like this series. and i aslo think this author should write better books. although this author is atractive.

Anonymous said...

The tv seris LOST goes well with this novel
. I recommend it!

Anonymous said...

It was a great book for my grade 4 class! they seemed like they were enjoying it!

Anonymous said...

Lolol hated this book

Anonymous said...

I was thinking about reading this book but now not so much since the recommendation told me everything: six kids get stuck on an island, their advisers leave them and no one finds them until the end of the book. This sounded like a good book but now I will never know.

Anonymous said...

I was at the library and looking for one of those play aways or whatever and I just saw this one. And it looked interesting so like anyone would, I checked it out. When I first started i thought that this is the worst and most boring book I've ever read. But then it got exciting and I got dragged into it. My sister and I were choking ourselves to take turns listening to the play away! It was such a great book!!!!

Anonymous said...

i think this book could be a best seller

Anonymous said...

this book is the best book ever!!!! i couldnt put it down

Anonymous said...

this book is the best book ever!!!! i couldnt put it down

Anonymous said...

read other books by Gordmon Korman they are amazing try Everest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

stephanie said...

i dont understand the book.

Anonymous said...

what is the mood of this story? I'm doing a book report...

Thank You!:0)
Kiley Foster

Anonymous said...

i'm glad i chose this for my book report

Anonymous said...

Great Book!

I'm 11 and i loved this book another good book by Gordon Korman is the on the run series! definitely check it out!

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Anonymous said...

Love the book :)

Anonymous said...

I wonder how the book is going to end? i got lots of the questions about why did Mr.radford left the kids on the boat. is this a test or something???