Lost on Brier Island
By: Jo Anne Yhard
This is a wonderful YA novel, about a girl, Alex, who will capture the attention and imagination of every teen and adult reader. I found myself being enthralled by her character and life.
Alex is fourteen, and sadly her life isn’t going well. Her family is ripped apart by a terrible tragedy and she is stuck on a small island for the summer holidays with her aunt. People in this small place interfere in the affairs of others and everyone seems to know everything that everyone else is doing. It is something that Alex hates because she loves her privacy.
At first, Alex wants to desperately escape from this place. But as the summer moves on, she starts really finding it quaint and nice. Also, there are a lot of different characters who are not boring and who tweak her interest. She even befriends a baby whale and she names him Daredevil.
Because of her friendship with Daredevil and because of the beauty of Brier Island, Alex starts to heal and feel a lot better. But her state of bliss is interrupted when she thrown into a life-or-death struggle. Can she save Daredevil?
This is a story that is especially important for anyone who has lost loved ones and how they could carry on and find themselves. Teenagers especially struggle when they lose a family member or close friends. This book will show teens one way to cope with tragedies.
This is Jo Ann Yhard is a Canadian writer. She lives in Halifax with her husband, James, where she writes on her yellow laptop, Bumble Bee.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth