What is the book about?
“When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parent’s yacht, the Peggy Sue, he struggles to survive on his own. But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. Following a close-run battle between life and death after being stung by a poisonous jelly fish, the mysterious someone–Kensuke–allows Michael into his world and they become friends, teaching and learning from each other, until the day of separation becomes inevitable.” – GoodReads
I remember reading this book as a child with my primary school class. We would all read this book together in a circle. When the year finished and it was time to leave primary school the book was completed at the same time. So I have fond memories of this book. However, aside from my fond memories there are many things that I like about the book itself.
The story takes the readers (probably readers from a younger audience) through an amazing adventure and this tickles the imagination of the reader. The unexpected nature of the journey was one of the main aspects of the book that I enjoyed. Another thing I enjoyed about this book was the way it made the readers feel torn between the fate of the main character. On the one hand, I wanted him to remain with the new friend he made but on the other hand I wanted him to go back home to his family. Either way the readers would have felt some sort of pain at the bitter sweet ending.
There was nothing that I specifically disliked about this story when I read it as a child. The timing of the story was perfectly timed. The characters went through character development and the ending was bitter sweet showing the readers the reality of decision making. Overall, this was a great book that I feel like all children should read. For me, this is one of the few books that I will give 5/5 star rating to.
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