04 May Staff Favorites: The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle
When Fionn and his older sister Tara go to live with their grandfather on Arranmore Island, off the coast of Ireland, he doesn’t expect to discover a literally magical place. But that’s exactly what happens in The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle.
As he explores the island, Fionn uncovers more and more secrets about his family and the past. When his grandfather uses a magical candle to delve into the island’s history, it seems like a chance for Fionn to right wrongs and learn more about the father he never knew.
If he starts down this path, however, he won’t be able to turn back. Will Fionn be able to save the island, his family, and himself from an ancient power? Will he be able to gain his heart’s deepest wish?
With beautiful descriptions of the world and a unique approach to magic, The Storm Keeper’s Island is an inventive fantasy story. Fionn is a plucky and likeable character who is torn between his heart and the promises he’s made to his grandfather.
Based on a real setting in Ireland, this story offers an appealing and adventurous tale with mythic elements. Recommended for any reader who loves fast-paced fantasy and books about families.
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