I just finished reading Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (2017, 269 pages) for a class discussion.  I chose this book because it was praised by Kelly Regan Barnhill, the author of another book I read and loved.  At first, I thought it was a delightful fantasy novel about an island and the mysteries of what lay beyond.  It is that, however, it is also about the inevitability of growing up.  Jinny, the main character, loves her life on the island, her childhood.  There will come a time when she must leave the island behind.  She must grow up.  This is the story of her journey through this transition, all of the decisions she makes, for good or for bad, and the consequences of those decisions.  Along with this journey of growing up are other lessons:  you can’t always get what you want; there are different ways to be alone; every person is unique and should be appreciated for their unique qualities; and not everyone learns the same way.  While this book is geared toward children around age twelve, it is no less relevant for older youth or even for adults.  We all sometimes need a reminder that change isn’t necessarily bad, change is how we grow.


Other books about growing up…

Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up

by Jessica Brody

2017, 351 pages



Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

Multiple versions



A Girl of the Limberlost

by Gene Stratton-Porter

1916, 453 pages



Goal Line

by Tiki Barber

2011, 159 pages



Hokey Pokey

by Jerry Spinelli

2013, 285 pages



Mary Poppins

by P. L. Travers

Mulitple versions



Peter Pan

by J. M. Barrie

Multiple versions



The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

Multiple versions