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Shark Island: Adventure Unleashed! [Paperback]

David Miller
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7 May 2009
Hanna, Ned and their parents are on the holiday of a lifetime on the paradise island of Kaitan. But the idyll is shattered when pirates come in the night, burning their house and kidnapping their mother and father. The children are stranded, and don't even know if their parents are alive or dead ...In this action-packed adventure, there is no one to help. Survival and escape are up to Hanna and Ned.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192729012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192729019
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Miller was born in Norfolk. He has worked in advertising for most of his career, as a copywriter, and later as a creative director.

He has travelled widely all over the world, and lived and worked in Malaysia and Singapore for more than ten years. This travelling has provided the inspiration and setting for much of his writing.

David now writes full-time, and lives in Hampshire with his wife Su'en and his daughter Hanna.

Author photo copyright Laurie Gilbert.

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A world of adventure without leaving the house. Sir Ranulph Fiennes Shark Island is exactly the sort of adventure thriller I would have devoured when I was a youngster. It has all the ingredients ... emotional highs and lows ... and the wonderful idea of two scared kids forced to be action heroes to rescue the unfortunate adults. Reminiscent of Treasure Island this is a wonderful adventure story set in the modern world with love, loss, the menace of violent pirates, the nightmare of darkly threatening jungle and the fear of a suddenly alien lonely world, all challenged by the constancy, courage and togetherness of two children ... A cracking read. Joe Simpson, mountaineer and author of Touching the Void

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read! 12 May 2009
By Moomin
Shark island is an action packed and fast moving adventure set in a paradise of white beaches and blue lagoons. Ned and Hanna (on the holiday of a life time) wake up in their hut in the middle of the night to find that their parents are being kidnapped by real-life pirates. They are left all alone on Shark Island, and quickly realise that it is up to them to find out what has happened to their mum and dad, trying to make their way around the remote islands of south east Asia on their own, not speaking the language, without any help from grown-ups. I really enjoyed reading this to my niece (9) and nephew (11) and they absolutely loved it and are asking about a sequel already! It does get scary at times, which is great, and the characters are a lot of fun - especially Jik, the boy sea gypsy! A brilliant read (not just for kids, for adults too)!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Annes review 15 May 2009
By Anne
This book is brilliant! The lead characters in this story are reminiscent of the Famous Five, Hanna and Ned are brave, clever and fearless. The detail is very impressive and as an adult reading this book I still found it informative, you're never too old to learn! A very well rounded novel that starts good and ends good. Can't wait for the sequel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, set in exotic location 8 Jun 2009
I got a copy of this for my niece, who is tired of 'magic & wizard' books, then couldn't resist reading it myself (we bond over books).

I really appreciated the authenticity of the local details about Sea Gypsies and modern day piracy - the setting is quite unlike any I've found before in a children's book.
Hanna and Ned are very real, normal kids who find themselves in the midst of an amazing adventure. Having got to like them in this book, I can't wait for a follow up.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!! 13 May 2009
My 10 year old son has been unable to put this book down!! It has recaptured his love of books so thank you David Miller...he can't wait for the next one, and has recommended it to all his friends...he's particularly chuffed to have a signed copy!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you won't read a better kids book! 4 Aug 2009
Recommendation from Oscar, aged 11: "It ticks all the boxes: non stop action and you really understand and get to know the characters. For all ages from about 9 on upwards. I am a fan of Robert Muchamore, Darren Shan, Lemony Snicket, Roald Dahl etc and I think "Shark Island" is better than all of them by a long way! I even got told off for reading it too much!!!! Buy it now..."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So exciting! 20 May 2009
By Boo
It really is impossible to put this book down. It is fast paced yet very well written. My 10 and 12 year olds absolutely loved it but it would definitely suit older readers too - my husband thought it was great. It does not patronise its readers which means it is frightening in places not least because it deals with very realistic scenarios (modern day pirates) and children in danger but that makes it a great read. It is also unique in that boys AND girls will love it; it is not one of those books cynically directed at one or the other it is just a fantastic read. When's the sequel please David Miller?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for son 8 July 2013
By Lisa F
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Like most 12 year old boys, my son doesn't love reading! However, despite the fact that the book had no illustrations, he said he really enjoyed reading it! High praise indeed!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shark island 4 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good little tale even though i believe it was a children's book.
The basis for the storyline could be true the way things are in the tropics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shark Island
Think this may have been aimed at a younger reader but I found it easy to read and did enjoy it and will be ordering the next one
Published 9 months ago by juboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I chose 5 stars because it was very exiting not knowing what was going to happen definitely recommend it to my friends.
Published 10 months ago by Sam Forster
5.0 out of 5 stars Shark island
Shark island is amazing I love the way it is written, David Miller you are amazing shark island is epic
Published 11 months ago by Simon & Jo Towler
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I didn't know this book was for teenagers! I'm 43 and loved every bit of it, well worth a read :)
Published 12 months ago by Chelseaalyxx
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
A good book and well written, the storyline did have some supernatural element that spoilt it for my son but it depends what you are into. Fast shipping though a d good supplier. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jessica Regnart
5.0 out of 5 stars shark island
From the first capter I was amazed at how this story goes straight into the action and how that its a mystery that Hanna and Ned have to solve as the story goes on. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2012 by Scott Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Shark Island - Lyrical Reviews
I can safely say I had a serious case of the post holiday blues when I finished Shark Island. David Miller's recreation of Malaysia is so vivid that every time I came to read it I... Read more
Published on 3 July 2011 by purpledoor64
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for kids who like adventure!
From the very first chapter this book is exciting and dangerous. Hanna and Ned's parents are captured by pirates, all their possessions are burnt and they are stranded on a... Read more
Published on 3 July 2011 by Sugarboo
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
Loads of twists and turns, great characters, great pace, just the faintest drizzling of witchcraft but ultimately a very realistic story. Read more
Published on 20 July 2010 by D. Black
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