Book Reviews of Tree Castle Island

Tree Castle Island
Tree Castle Island
Author: Jean Craighead George
ISBN-13: 9780439577656
ISBN-10: 0439577659
Publication Date: 1/2003
Pages: 242
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (2003)
Book Type: Paperback
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The Georgia swamp emits a siren's song to 13-year-old Jack, and he sets off alone in the canoe he made himself. When it has an untimely encounter with an alligator, Jack has the perfect excuse to camp in the Okefenokee and test the survival skills he's learned from his Uncle Hamp. While there, a chance meeting puts his knowledge of himself and his family in a whole new light. Jack's survival tale oozes with details of living off the land, from his attempts to gather terpene to his various methods of catching fish and building shelter. The scenes describing the boy's self-sufficiency in the outdoors are reminiscent of Sam Gribley's in My Side of the Mountain (Turtleback, 1959). Jack's experience, however, is limited to a short time, and his skills are largely ready-made for his adventure. A subplot, in which Jack meets a boy who turns out to be his twin and discovers that he is adopted, adds a melodramatic twist that is uncharacteristic of the author.
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Written by the same author as "Julie and the Wolves" This book is about a young boy discovering who he really is while exploring the wilderness. A good survival tale with a melodramatic twist.
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Since we live near the Okefenokee Swamp, this was of special interest to my 10 year old. We enjoyed it as a read aloud.