Island, Book Three: Escape – by Gordon Korman (2007)

Island book 3

This is the finale to the “Island” trilogy. One of the six friends is on the verge of death, and the situation seems impossible. But despite the odds, they work together to save a life. In doing that, all their lives are saved.

This story is outstanding! It conveyed so well the concept of perseverance, no matter how hopeless the situation is. It also showed six young people putting aside their differences, coming together as friends, and stepping into adulthood.

Links to reviews of books 1 and 2:




Island, Book Two: Survival – by Gordon Korman (2007)

Island book 2

The second book in the “Island” trilogy picks up right where the first one ended. The six teens are on an island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. At this point, they realize that if they want to survive, they have to put aside their petty disagreements. They start working together to find food, water, and shelter.

It isn’t long, however, before they discover that they are not alone on the island. And the other people are definitely not there to help them. To make matters worse, one of the six becomes seriously ill. Their only hope is to find some way off the island. Desperation binds the six together, and a plan is made to get at least one of them back to civilization.

I loved the growing friendship between the six teens in this book. Instead of constantly thinking of themselves, they began to think of others first, and what they could do to help and protect each other. Compassion and growing friendship made this a great read.

Island, Book One: Shipwreck – by Gordon Korman (2007)

Island book 1

It’s the tale of six teenagers setting sail for a month-long voyage on the Pacific Ocean. Each one is there for a different reason. Will and Lyssa have such severe sibling rivalry that they physically attack each other. JJ is the the son of a rich Hollywood director, and his impulsive behavior keeps getting him in trouble. Luke was given the choice of juvenile hall or this trip after a gun was planted in his school locker. Ian’s parents want to cure him of his obsession with watching television. And Charla’s parents think it will be a change of pace for her after experiencing burnout from too many high school sports.

The journey begins with getting used to the responsibilities of life at sea. It’s hard work, but one by one the teens adjust to the routine. Then an unexpected storm strikes, and all aboard find themselves hanging on for dear life, and bailing salt water. The boat begins to break up and sink, but the six manage to hang on to floating debris and eventually drift to an island.

I liked the eclectic-ness of the kids in the story. Each one had a unique personality, and his or her own battle. The theme of fighting their particular weakness fit perfectly with fighting the storm on the ocean. As soon as I got to the end of this book, I wanted to jump right into the second book to see how the six would deal with their situation.


Review of book two in the trilogy:

Review of book three in the trilogy:


Kidnapped, book 3: The Rescue – by Gordon Korman (2006)

Kidnapped The Rescue

Despite her best efforts, Meg is still being held for ransom. Time is running out to meet the kidnappers’ demands. The Falconer parents, Meg’s brother Aiden, and FBI agent Harris frantically race to rescue her. Much of the story moves outside, into the deadly cold. The snowstorm scenes were described vividly, adding to the suspense of the book. In the end, we finally find out more about the kidnappers and why they chose Meg for their kidnapping scheme. This book is a very satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

Kidnapped, book 2: The Search – by Gordon Korman (2006)

Kidnapped The Search

“The Search” picks right up where “The Abduction” left off.
The second book in the trilogy focuses on Meg and the different ways she attempts to escape from her captors. Her parents continue to work with the FBI, although they have a somewhat contentious relationship with Agent Harris, with whom they had a bad experience in a previous series, “On The Run”. Aiden tries to find his sister on his own, but encounters one failure after another. Will the Falconer family ever get Meg back?

Kidnapped, book 1: The Abduction – by Gordon Korman (2006)

Kidnapped The Abduction

If you’re look for action-oriented fiction that can be enjoyed by anyone in the family about fourth grade and up, consider Gordon Korman’s “Kidnapped” trilogy. I love that the premise of the book centers on a family and their love for each other. The Falconer family has already been through terrible times in the previous series “On The Run” (which maybe I should have read first). Just when life seems to be back to normal, the unthinkable happens: Meg, the 11-year-old daughter is abducted in broad daylight. Her 15-year-old brother Aiden is determined to find her, and their overwrought parents have to work with the FBI, whom they do not trust.

Instead of reading the printed book, I chose the audio version. My public library system had the downloadable audio-book available for checkout through the Hoopla app. The story was read aloud by two different narrators, one being the voice of Aiden and the other the voice of Meg. The book was about two and a half hours long, just perfect to listen to as I worked on sewing. Try out this trilogy!