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The House on Hummingbird Island Paperback – Unabridged, 2 Jun 2016

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (2 Jun. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447263030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447263036
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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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)

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There are monkeys in the chandeliers, turtles in the bathtub and secrets behind every door . . .

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Okay, i utterly REVELED in Sam Angus' exhilaratingly beautiful writing style that was thick with fog of dream and made the halls of the heart stutter like hummingbird wings.
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
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I would rate The House On Hummingbird Island as a 5 star book because it is different to other books in many ways such as Idie becomes loyal to the staff at Bathsheba House whereas before she hated to go there. I also loved how within the book there was a whole range of emotions like sadness ,joy, anger,and loyalty. This must be one of the best books I've read and I know others will enjoy it too . This book is an unusual book because into many books feature a girl sent away to live on a tropical island with all sorts of wild animals around the house.
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.
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the cover, blurb and first 150 or so pages of this book read like the Secret Garden transported to the Caribbean. An orphan girl is sent from her home in England to an island with an alcoholic governess and her horse. She soon acquires a parakeet and various other tamed wild animals. She meets Austin, a boy remarkably like Dickon in the Secret Garden. He feeds hummingbirds honey from his finger tips. All this I loved. But then she ages from 12 to 15, the First World War starts and the mystery of her birth and why she is there vanishes in favour of a story about how black soldiers were treated during the war (terribly badly). This was ok and educational BUT it was another book for an older age range. Letters are exchanged between the heroine and her cousins, another character dies, she falls in love and is rude to Austin ( who also joins the war effort). I didn't want to read a war/ teen romance story, so this was frustrating! Eventually the mystery of her birth is explained when the 80 year old mute woman writes down what she knows. It is.... Tagged on?
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?
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The House on Hummingbird Island is an absolutely thrilling read, written by the best-selling author Sam Angus.

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.
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