Lost Girls by Ann Kelley

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No parents. No rules. No way home.
Fourteen-year-old Bonnie MacDonald couldn't be more excited for a camping trip on an island off the coast of Thailand. But when a strong current sweeps Bonnie and her friends past their appointed campsite, depositing them instead on what the boatman calls a "forbidden island," they're just happy to have reached dry land.
Overnight, things take a turn for the worse. Three torturous days pass, but the boatman doesn't return, and what once seemed like a vacation in paradise becomes a battle against the elements.
Peppered with short, frantic entries from Bonnie's journal as she struggles to survive, Lost Girls tells the page-turning, heart-pounding story of a group of teen girls fighting for their lives.

About Ann Kelley

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Ann Kelley is a novelist, poet, and photographer living on the edge of a cliff in Cornwall with her husband and two cats. After surviving several winter disasters, including being struck by lightning, they now move into town during the worst of the weather. Ann is the author of several books, including the novels The Burying Beetle, Inchworm, and Costa Children's Book Award winner The Bower Bird. Ann's website is www.annkelley.co.uk.
Published July 10, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 326 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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With a sly nod to Lord of the Flies, author Kelley drops Bonnie MacDonald, the 14-year-old daughter of an American serviceman, on a (not quite uninhabited) tropical island.

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When a plot involves castaway children, Lord of the Flies comparisons are inevitable, and Kelley (The Bower Bird) is upfront in claiming them.

May 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Lost Girls

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The boat breaks down, the girls are dumped on an island regarded as taboo by the locals, a storm kicks up and promptly takes one life, and if you're familiar with the genre of survival stories, you can pretty well guess the rest.

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Add to that the fantastical elements of LOST, which force you to question the natural order of things on the island, and you have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this novel about a group of young girls who must survive on an island off the coast of Thailand during the turmoil-filled 197...

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