This is a perfect book for young teens; I know I would’ve loved it at that age and will keep it for when my own daughters are old enough to read it. I read it as an adult and enjoyed it just as much. It brought back memories of my own secondary school experiences and accurately portrayed the complex unspoken rules of the social hierarchy. The main theme of bullying is hard hitting but tackled sensitively. I like that the book also contains information at the back to support readers who are victims of bullying. I hope a book of this nature will make bullies rethink their actions as well.
This is not just about bullying though, this is a story of first love and friendship. It was nice to reminisce those delicate feelings of first kisses and new relationships. This is also a heartwarming story of best friends supporting one another to triumph over the bullies. The book leaves the reader with a positive message about the importance of talking to an adult and not suffering in silence. I would definitely recommend this book and will be reading the sequel.
Congratulations to Patrick Hodges on his recent award: Gold Medal winner in the Reader’s Favourite 2015 Book Award Contest (Young Adult – social issues category)
You can buy ‘Joshua’s Island’ at Amazon.