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The House on Hummingbird Island Paperback – Unabridged, 2 Jun 2016
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This mysterious and historical tale has a fantastic heroine and a wonderful cast of characters. Packed with amazing details of the island wildlife, it will make you want to go on your very own tropical adventure. (The Week Junior)
This beautiful book has a dream-like quality that will appeal to older children with a vivid imagination. (Cotswold Life)
There are monkeys in the chandeliers, turtles in the bathtub and secrets behind every door . . .See all Product description
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This could easily have been two separate books one for younger readers and the other for older readers. .... My other objection is the confusing portrayal of race. The heroine hears that her mother went mad and becomes scared that she will. First, why does she take this from a man she hates and does not trust, when other characters who she likes have told her that her mother was kind and capable and good? Second, the business of going mad and having bad blood is worryingly conflated with the possibilities of her being mixed race. Her grandmother is black, it turns out. So this troubled me.
It wasn't always clear to me whether characters were black, brown or mixed, or mixed and white-looking ( which happens), and with all the hereditary stuff going on this does matter. I found it confusing, so a teen reader (who might not go for it as the cover makes the book look younger) would surely also get a bit lost?
Although i have a tendency to read YA even thoughi am not thirteen till January, this novel didn't seem to have the internal meanings too young a target audience at all. Although the novel makes references to insanity as the plot plunges on, i think this book would be suitable for any age.
Idie as a character began to seriously get on my nerves, however. It was obvious as soon as she met Austin there would be serious tantrums up ahead. Why were you so horrible, Idie to poor Austin? Idie utterly and unfairly rebuked Austin's first attempt at friendship. She ignores him rather alot of the time throughout the rest of the novel as well.
I loved the way in which every had a delicious, submerged-in-dream quality to it though, and all the lovely creatures Idie adopts. Idie could be sucha beautiful heroinebas she has a free, wild, almost-savage spirit and determination to her- yet drop by drop her will and strdngth
I loved the way Idie's house is slowly transformed into a jungle in the same way she is too. When I read this book it made me feels like I was put into Idie Grace's shoes and it made me feel what it was like to be sent away on a ship all on your own and learn how to survive with all sorts of terrible secrets kept from you. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books full of secrets ,adventure and absurdity all in one.
Throughout the story you follow Idie's footsteps to many places where she desperately, despite her silent and secretive friends, tries to untangle the tight knot of her treacherous past. Idie is lonely with only her animals as friends, but finds light in a kindly warm-hearted boy.
I love the way the author always changes the mood so, one page you're laughing and the next, worried or sad.
This book is packed with mystery and you can't stop turning the pages to find out what will happen next!
I found this is a gripping tale and I thoroughly recommend it. I hope you enjoy "The House on Hummingbird Island" as much as I did!
By Alexandra, aged 10.
The House on Hummingbird island is a definite read for summer
If you like tropical oceans and sun lit islands,diverse wildlife and a romance which pulls you in then this is the book for you.
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