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Marsh Island
By (author): Sonya Spreen Bates Illustrated by: Kasia Charko
9781554691173 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Camping & Outdoor Activities May 01, 2009
$6.95 CAD
Active 5.25 x 7.5 x 0.3 in 64 pages black and white illustrations Orca Book Publishers
Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2009, Commended South Australia Premier's Reading Challenge selection 2010, Commended CCBC Best Books 2010, Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2010, Commended
Who else roams the woods of Marsh Island?

Jake and his younger brother Tommy are on their first camping trip. While exploring in the woods on Marsh Island, they lose their way. When the boys start to feel like they're not the only ones wandering in the woods, they begin to wonder if the story their dad told them about old Alfred Marsh and his lost fortune is true.

Sonya Spreen Bates is a Canadian writer living in South Australia. She grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, where she obtained a degree in linguistics from the University of Victoria. She then studied speech-language pathology at Dalhousie University and has spent many years working with children with communication disorders, often writing her own stories to use in therapy. Traveling to Australia was always an aspiration, but she never imagined she'd be living there one day. Sonya began writing children's fiction in 2001, inspired by her two daughters and their love of the stories she told them. She now writes for children and adults, and has been published in Australia and New Zealand as well as Canada. For more information, visit

Working in watercolor and colored pencil, Kasia Charko creates detailed, colorful paintings that bring period, place and character to life. Born and educated in England, Kasia lives in Alton, Ontario, with her family of animals. For more information, visit

"A chapter book with just the right amount of adventure for boys ages seven to ten." - Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

"Just enough surprise, lots of action, extensive lively dialogue, and a combination of compelling plot points make this an enjoyable and lively read for youngsters." - Resource Links

"A genuinely suspenseful transitional chapter book that will appeal to those readers who love to be scared." - Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

"Fast-paced and highly enjoyable. The novel is full of suspense, and readers are kept on the edge of their seats to the end…A recommended purchase for public and school libraries." - CM Magazine

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