Adorned with colourful illustrations, this adaptation of Hislop’s bestselling novel for younger readers focuses on the experience of children on the Greek island of Spinalonga and reflects the ways we treat those who are different.
A dramatic and moving story set in the same world as the international bestseller The Island from the celebrated novelist Victoria Hislop.
The absorbing story of the Cretan village of Plaka and the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga - Greece's former leper colony - is told to us by Maria Petrakis, one of the children in the original version of The Island. She tells us of the ancient and misunderstood disease of leprosy, exploring the themes of stigma, shame and the treatment of those who are different, which are as relevant for children as adults.
Gill Smith's rich, full-colour illustrations will transport the reader to the timeless and beautiful Greek landscape and Mediterranean seascape.
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 237 x 161 x 19 mm
I loved this book because it was so interesting to learn about the disease, but also to realise that if you are courageous like Maria even illness does not have to hold you back. * Books Up North *
Among the feelings of sorrow, separation and, at times desperation, there is happiness, hope and so much kindness. These are effortlessly woven into an absorbing, realistic and wonderful, wonderful story that must be shared. I adored this book. It is a real treasure. But please, have the box of tissues to hand. There will be tears, both of sadness and joy. * Fallen Star Stories *
I picked this book up as soon as it arrived and couldn't put it down. My favourite things were the Greek setting and the history in the story, and I loved that the character was called Anna - best name ever! I didn't know much about this story before I read it and enjoyed finding out about the adventures. I would recommend it to my friends. I liked the illustrations too. -- Anna, Age 11 * Toppsta *
This children's version is a real triumph! Such an original historical fiction set in Crete. The story and illustrations transport you to Greece. Such an in interesting and lovely story of hope and courage and prejudice. Great for any history or science lover. -- Parent * Toppsta *
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