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Morgan, Clay.
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2003
IL 5-8, RL 5.7
ISBN 0525471596

2 booktalks

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Booktalk #1

As the storm rages, surging waves start to overtake the ship. The captain decides in order to save Jack, the cabin boy, he must throw him from the ships wreckage. Miraculously, Jack washes up on a deserted island. As Jack explores the island, he finds signs that the island had once been inhabited. 

There are sheep and sheep dogs and the pack of wild dogs that attack from the darkness of the woods. Jacks alliance with the sheepdogs benefits the herd and himself. But how long can he survive? What happened to the people and will he ever get off the island?  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face committee, 2005-2006)

Booktalk #2

Jack dragged himself onto the beach. The storm was over but the ship and everyone on it was gone. He was alone on the island …or so he thought. On a hill in the distance, he could see what looked like dogs. Jack was relieved. Where there are dogs there must be humans with homes and food and a warm fireplace. Jack could not begin to imagine the adventure that was in store for him. In order to survive Jack will have to abandon life as he knows it and become one with the dogs.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2005-2006)

SUBJECTS:     Castaways -- Fiction.
                        Dogs -- Fiction.
                        Islands -- Fiction.
                        Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Border collie -- Fiction.
                        Survival -- Fiction.
                        New Zealand -- Fiction.


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