When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a summer
job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's holiday home in the Maldives, she
accepts without hesitation: a tropical island trumps the library any day.
T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having had cancer wasn't bad enough, he now has to spend his first summer in remission with his family -- and a stack of overdue essays -- instead of his friends.
Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island.
There, Anna and T.J. must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter, but even once their basic needs are met, they encounter plenty of other obstacles -- including the possibility, as the days turn to weeks and then months, that T.J.'s cancer could return. And, as T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man...
About the Author
Tracey Garvis Graves lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband and two children.
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Comments about On the Island:
This is one of those stories that stays with you. It's been a few weeks since I finished this book and I find myself coming back to it again and again, looking forward to my next journey through it. The writer, in what I believe is a debut book for her, paints a picture in your mind...you are right there, experiencing everything with our two characters. My only complaint? I would have loved the story to never end.
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 16th August 2012
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.246