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The Island by Gary Paulsen Published by Dell Publishing c 1988 202 pp The Island is a young adults novel about a unique fifteen year old boy named Wil Neuton who has to move to a new home in a new city because of his fathers new job When their family has finished the move Wil goes out for a bike ride and as he is traveling across a bridge and gazing out over the water he discovers a small island in the middle of a big lake Wil becomes interested in this island and once he rows out to it in a canoe he finds on the shore he discovers that there is something pulling him to it This story vividly describes how a teenagers pretty weak relationship with his parents can be changed by them realizing how hard it is to deal with their only child being away on an island trying to learn something about himself completely isolated from man and from them Wil is an average teenager so he and everyone else think When Wil discovers a little personal island and a very nice girl named Susan he starts to not regret moving after all He is being drawn by something to the island but he doesnt know what it is Wil starts sleeping overnight on the island after briefly talking to his parents about it Wil learns that he can relax on this island and eventually finds himself meditating writing painting and thinking more clearly Susan begins to bring Wil food and supplies almost every day because Will feels that if he leaves the island even briefly the inner peace that he has worked so hard to achieve will just be gone and over like that While Susan and Wil start to get closer he and his parents are drifting farther apart Soon uninvited visitors come to disturb Wills solitude These visitors range from the town bully Ray Bunner
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