No parents. No rules. No way home.
Fourteen-year-old Bonnie MacDonald couldn't be more excited for a camping trip on an island off the coast of Thailand with her fellow Amelia Earhart Cadets-the daughters of the men and women stationed there during the Vietnam War. But when a strong current deposits the girls on what their boatman calls the "forbidden island," things take a turn for the worse: A powerful storm comes to destroy their campsite, the smallest of the junior cadets is found dead, and their boatman never returns. What once seemed like a vacation in paradise has become a battle against the elements.
Peppered with short, frantic entries from Bonnie's journal, Lost Girls is a page-turning, heart-pounding adventure story about a group of teen girls fighting for their lives.
Publisher: Little Brown
Number of Pages: 336
Reviewed by Peyton, age 15Lost Girls, by Ann Kelley, is a story about survival that is both engaging and though provoking. The book combines two very different driving themes: the struggle to survive in an inhospitable environment and philosophy. These two motifs create a very interesting plot that is fast paced and intense, but also thoughtful and self-reflective. The author’s writing creates a storyline that shows the harsh reality of the girls’ situation, but also shows the main characters thoughts and feelings in an unexpectedly philosophical light. The characters in this book are well thought out and vivid. Each character has a distinct personality and contributes to the group of girls as a whole in an irreplaceable way. Bonnie, the protagonist, especially stood out to me. Although the cruel environment in which she was immersed could have easily turned her cold and selfish, she continued to question the moral implications of the choices she made. I recommend this book to preteens and up because of its difficult and sometimes gruesome subject matter. Thanks to Little, Brown, and Company Publishers for the great read!
This book will be in stores July of 2012!
Peyton, age 15