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Lost Children of the Far Islands

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Twins Gus and Leo and their little sister, Ila, live a quiet life in Maine—until their mother falls ill, and it becomes clear her strength is fading because she is protecting them from a terrible evil.
Soon the children are swept off to a secret island far in the sea, where they discover a hidden grandmother and powers they never knew they had. Like their mother, they are Folk, creatures who can turn between human and animal forms.
Now they must harness their newfound magic for a deeper purpose. The ancient, monstrous King of the Black Lakes will stop at nothing to rise to power, and they are all that stands in his way. Their mother’s life hangs in the balance, and the children must battle this beast to the death—despite a dire prophecy that whoever kills him will die.
Can Gus, Leo, and Ila overcome this villain? Or has he grown too strong to be defeated? Lost Children of the Far Islands is a story filled with magic, excitement, and the dangers and delights of the sea.

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From Publishers Weekly

Apr 28, 2014 – In a lush and swiftly moving fantasy, Gustavia (aka Gus) and her twin brother, Leo, are approaching their 11th birthday when life becomes strange. Tides are unusually high in the Gulf of Maine, fishermen disappear in sudden storms, and Gus and Leo discover that they can remain underwater without surfacing for breath. After their mother becomes deathly ill, Gus, Leo, and their highly sensitive younger sister are secreted away by an extinct species of sea mink called "The Bedell," who leads them to their maternal grandmother, the Morai, on the mysterious Far Islands. The children learn that they are "Folk," able to transform into animals like seals and foxes, and they must help prevent the dark Dobhar-Chu and his wolves from claiming the sea. Raabe's (Leave It Behind) poetic sensibility is visible in her vibrant descriptions of the ocean, the shape-shifters' heightened senses, and her vision of a liminal world hidden from human perception. Ages 8 12.

Customer Reviews


Could not put this book down. Fantastic read, fast paced, vivid imagery and a fresh voice in the fantasy genre.

Lost Children of the Far Islands
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Action & Adventure
  • Published: Apr 08, 2014
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
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