Eleven-year-old Martin can hardly imagine a worse summer. Martin's dad wants him to like "normal" boy things—playing sports and exploring the outdoors—so he sends Martin to his great-aunt Lenore, who lives on a tiny island called Beyond. Nothing about Beyond is what Martin expects, certainly not the strange, local boy who unexpectedly befriends Martin. Solo can canoe and climb trees and survive on his own in the wilderness, and Martin's drawn to him in a way he doesn't quite understand. But he's not sure he can trust Solo. In fact, can he trust anything about this strange island, where everyone seems to be keeping secrets?
Great Read Aloud for Upper Elementary
Every time I press the bookmark, I instantly hear, “Noooooo!” My fifth graders love this book. We are at the end and the students are checking their predictions (many of which were incorrect to their surprise). We are able to have a healthy discussion on the topic of homosexuality and the subtle hints that arise throughout the story. Stop and ask questions along the way if you’re confused. Chances are the characters will speak up and say they are confused as well, then an answer is provided shortly after. Elizabeth Atkinson is Skyping with our class and we cannot wait.