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The Island at the End of Everything Review

This book is about the problem of leprosy on the island paradise where Amihan lives.  It is a paradise you would never want to leave, which is ironic as it is an island for lepers or, in other words, those who have been touched with leprosy. The touched cannot leave.

When Mister Zamora arrives on the island with his Sano and Leproso signs everything changes for Amihan. The island’s inhabitants have to have a test to see if they have leprosy. If they do they are marked Leproso (with leprosy) and if they do not have it they are marked Sano (clean).

Amihan’s mother is touched and Amihan is not so they are forced to separate, as her mother has to stay on the island within the leproso areas.  If they are marked Sano (untouched or clean) and they are over eighteen they are permitted to stay within the Sano areas of the island and allowed occasional visits to the Leproso areas.  However if they are under eighteen they have to leave the island with Mister Zamora for an orphanage on another island that can be seen far in the distance if you screw up your eyes and squint.

Amihan is taken over to the orphanage and meets a girl named Mari with golden hair and golden eyes, who has a withered hand.  The story goes on to tell of the adventure the two friends’ share.

I have really enjoyed reading this book; it is a mixture of adventure, trust, love and sadness.  My favourite character is Mari for her fierce resilience and great loyalty. ‘The Island at the end of everything’ is one of those books that when you are reading it you see it all happening in front of you, due to the exceptional descriptions and imagination of the amazing author, Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Review by: Harriet
Age: 10
Royal High Junior School

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