Stevie's life has been turned upside down by a terrible car accident in which she lost both her parents and which left her lame.Her reluctance to spend a summer with her aunt on an island where she knows no one is a great focus for the plot of this exciting tween novel.Readers are engaged from the very start,wanting to know more about the strangers who arrive on the ferry as well as about the mysterious Karig who has apparently some kind of guardian role. Eager to find out exactly what is going on, the reader follows Stevie through her early despair to her final coming to terms with her situation.
The action is well paced, the descriptions of the island vivid and the characters well delineated.Gradually, through Stevie's adventures on the island, we come to learn the secrets of the eagles.
This is a novel that, once started, is difficult to put down.Although it is aimed at the tween market,it will appeal also to adults as they relive, through Stevie, the uncertainties of early adulthood.
An ideal summer read.