Review by Iman, grade 6
An ordinary day in Maine turns into a series of wild adventures for Gus, Leo, and Ila. As their mother becomes weak and ill, they realize she is shielding them from a terrible evil and the secret of her true identity. Soon, the children are taken to a mysterious island far away from home. They discover their secret grandmother, the Morai, and find magic they never knew existed. Along with their mother, they are a part of the Folk. The Folk can turn from animal to human forms, but their powers exist for a deeper reason. Together, they must fight the ferocious King of the Black Lakes- to the death. However, there is an ancient tale that whoever kills this villain will die.
This book is appropriate for ages 10-14. The book is filled with “excitement, magic, and the dangers and delights of the sea.” It will leave you wondering as secrets are revealed and magic is found. If you enjoy a science fiction novel, then you will love Lost Children of the Far Islands.