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Wild Man Island
Hobbs, Will.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2002]

Physical Description:
184 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
After fourteen-year-old Andy slips away from his kayaking group to visit the wilderness site of his archaeologist father's death, a storm strands him on Admiralty Island, Alaska, where he manages to survive, encounters unexpected animal and human inhabitants, and looks for traces of the earliest prehistoric immigrants to America.
Reading Level:
690 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.1 7.0 59177.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.4 12 Quiz: 28379 Guided reading level: T.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
X Young Adult Fiction Open Shelf
Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
X Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
X Young Adult Fiction Young Adult

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The land was slipping away,
the wind was howling,
and I was in a world of trouble.

0n the last day of a sea kayak trip in southeast Alaska, fourteen-year-old Andy Galloway paddles away from the group. He's on a mission of the heart. His father, an archeologist, died only a few miles away. A sudden gale propels Andy across the strait. He swims ashore, freezing and barefoot, onto Admiralty Island, an immense wilderness of forests, rain, and bears.

When hope of rescue fades, Andy starts walking. Starvation leads him further into the wild and into danger. He encounters a dog running with wolves, and later a man dressed in cedar-bark clothing, carrying a stone-tipped spear. The Wild Man vanishes into the forest, but the dog reappears and leads Andy to ... the Wild Man's lair, at the mouth of a cave.

It's fear that drives Andy into the cave and to the adventure of a lifetime. What's at stake are the discoveries Andy's father died trying to find, the answers to the most exciting puzzle in American archeology -- who were the first Americans?

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 7-10. Readers choosing any of Hobbs' books can expect a fast-paced plot laced with danger; a physically challenging setting, and a resourceful hero who invariably finds the means to honorably extricate himself from a difficult situation. This is no exception. When 14-year-old Andy slips away from his Alaskan Adventure kayaking group, he believes he has planned his escape carefully. He's an experienced kayaker, and his destination, the place where his father died nine years ago, is only two miles away. He reaches the falls and leaves a tribute for his father, but disaster strikes on his return trip when a sudden storm blows him off course. His kayak is upset by sea lions, and he must go ashore in a vast wilderness, where he encounters wolves, a maze of unexplored caves loaded with ancient artifacts, and a mysterious wild man who may hold the key to his rescue. The survival story is the real attention grabber, but Hobbs offers more than just solid entertainment; he also provides a wealth of information about early human migration in North America. Chris Sherman.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fans of Will Hobbs's wilderness adventure novels will welcome his Wild Man Island. Its hero, 14-year-old Andy Galloway, kayaks his way through an Alaskan strait and ends up on Admiralty Island on a quest inspired by the death of his archeologist father. (Apr) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-Will Hobbs' exciting, sometimes grisly survival story (HarperCollins, 2002) is narrated well by Ramon de Ocampo. It is a fast-paced, yet poignant tale of 14-year-old Andy Galloway, a boy on a kayaking trip in Alaska. After foolishly sneaking away from his group, Andy is blown off course by a vicious gale, ending up on the titular island. There he encounters a bizarre hermit and wild animals who threaten his very existence. Hobbs keeps the action hopping, while making Andy a three-dimensional, compelling character. De Ocampa plays him well, and tackles the action with finesse. However, due to a technical problem-the end of side two of tape three runs out mid-sentence so that six words from the text at the end of Chapter 19 are missing-purchase is not recommended at this time. This was a problem as well with a replacement copy. Hopefully this defect will be rectified.-Brian E. Wilson, Evanston Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.