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For fans of Stuart Little and Poppy, here is a middle-grade adventure in which a mouse and a shrew, lost at sea, try to navigate to their home in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Braving multiple dangers, they discover they have more in common than they could ever have imagined.
Mr. Popli, the mouse Mayor of Garbage Island, is always at odds with Archibald Shrew, a brilliant but reckless inventor. When Garbage Island splits apart, they're trapped together in Mr. Popli's houseboat, desperate to find their way home. At first, they only argue, but when they face a perilous thunderstorm and a series of predators, they begin to work together and recognize--in themselves and in each other--strengths they didn't know they had. Nonstop action and deep emotion intertwine in this tale of opposites who discover that with bravery, creativity, and friendship, they can triumph.
About the Author
FRED KOEHLER's real-life misadventures include sunken boats, shark encounters, and getting caught in a hurricane. Whether free-diving in the Gulf of Mexico or backpacking across Africa, Fred's sense of adventure and awe of nature overflow into his characters' stories. He won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for his illustrations for One Day, The End. He is the author-illustrator of How To Cheer Up Dad, which received three starred reviews, and he is the illustrator of This Book Is Not about Dragons; Puppy, Puppy, Puppy; and Flashlight Night. Garbage Island is his first novel. He lives with his wife and two spirited kids in Lakeland, Florida. Visit ilikefred.com.
★ “This adventurous tale is packed with action, examples of creative thinking, and ingenuity. Use this as an introduction to STEM thinking, a science fair project, a lesson on ecology, or simply read it for the enjoyment the story provides. This book will appeal to the adventure seeker, animal lover, explorer, and just about everyone else. A must-read for readers ready to strap in for a great ride!” – School Library Connection, starred review
“In this series opener, a mouse and a shrew find themselves unlikely allies as they unite to save Garbage Island. The clever pairing of opposites adds humor, making the gradual emergence of friendship…all the sweeter. Dramatic black-and-white illustrations highlight key action. Exciting, fast-paced adventure and unexpected friendship in a "trashy" venue.” -Kirkus Reviews
“(With) fast-paced action and danger… this entertaining animal adventure stands out… because of its strong characters and an underlying message of environmental awareness.”–School Library Journal
“Pint-sized characters face out-sized challenges with heart and wit in this heroic adventure. The winner: readers!”— Sara Pennypacker, New York Times best-selling author of the Clementine series
“Garbage Island is a delight! Fred Koehler has created an intricately imagined world of inventive and courageous small animals, then set his two main characters spinning across it in a nonstop adventure that will have readers madly flipping pages to find out what happens next!” — Bruce Coville, award-winning author of Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
“What an incredible world Fred Koehler weaves out of bits and pieces of floating trash and very human animals. You’ll have an action-packed time on Garbage Island!” — Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times best-selling author