Book Review: Lost (Shipwreck Island #2) by S.A. Bodeen

Posted July 28, 2015 by Melissa in Book Review | 12 Comments

Book Review: Lost (Shipwreck Island #2) by S.A. BodeenTitle: Lost
Series: Shipwreck Island #2
Author: S. A. Bodeen
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan
Publication date: July 28th 2015
Target Audience: Middle Grade
Genres: Action & Adventure
Length: 144 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

The mystery of the island deepens as members of the Robinson family disappear and strange animals are discovered.

Sarah Robinson and her family are shipwrecked on a remote and mysterious island. Their food is running out, and their fear is escalating–there is no sign of rescue. The mysterious girl they found unconscious at the beach is healing, and what she tells them about the strange island and especially about someone called the Keeper has the family on edge. When Sarah’s dad and Marco’s younger brother go missing, the mystery becomes dangerous. Now, it’s a matter of life and death. Now, the family is truly lost.

My Thoughts

I don’t read a lot of Middle Grade but S.A. Bodeen is on my auto buy list and Lost is a perfect example of why. I don’t believe that all children’s fiction necessarily appeals to all adults nor should it…but there are a few authors that somehow manage to write in such a way that those boundaries are easily crossed. S.A. Bodeen is one such writer.

Sarah and her step brother Marco take turns telling the story in Lost, the second in S.A. Bodeen’s Shipwreck Island series. We start off right where we left off after Shipwreck Island – so I definitely recommend reading that book first or you really will not enjoy this one as much as you should.

The more Sarah and Marco explore the island, the more mysteries and questions are unearthed. Strange and unusual occurrences…strange animals that shouldn’t exist…Lost has it all. Add in a blended family trying to get to know each other under these stressful circumstances and you have the ingredients for a great read.

I am devouring the Shipwreck Island series and can’t wait for the next installment. I encourage even those hesitant to pick up Middle Grade to give this series a shot.

About S. A. Bodeen

S.A. Bodeen

S.A. Bodeen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. She graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in Secondary Ed., then joined the Peace Corps with her husband and went to Tanzania, East Africa. Her first picture book, Elizabeti’s Doll (written as Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen) was published in 1998, followed by six other picture books.Her first YA novel written as S.A. Bodeen, the award-winning The Compound, came out from Feiwel and Friends in 2008. The novel count is up to five, with two more releasing in 2015. She has lived in eight states, two African countries, and an insular possession. Currently, she lives in the Midwest with her husband and two daughters.

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