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Publisher's Summary

When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.
T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost 17 and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments - instead of his friends.
Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.
Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return.
As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.
©2011 Tracey Garvis-Graves (P)2012 Tracey Garvis-Graves
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kim on 04-24-12

Loved this book!

I absolutely loved this book and the narrator. I listened to this book in 1 day, I was completely drawn in by the story. You will fall in love with the characters and find yourself rooting for them. The narrator was great, I listen to a lot of audio books and the narrator can really make or break a book. This narrator was perfect!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Bella on 09-04-12

LOVED this book

Would you listen to On the Island again? Why?

no but I would read it again, great story!!

What did you like best about this story?

I fell in love with this story when I read it, so much so that I decided to listen to it when an audio book became available. There is something about having a story read to you that can make the it become more alive. I must say that I enjoyed reading it better than listening to it because of the narration. This is an awesome book but the narration needed work...

What didn’t you like about Heidi Baker’s performance?

My biggest complaint is the narrator spoke TOOO FAST!!!!!!! I tried to slow it down, but the 0.5 speed made it too slow. She had a pleasant voice, but I enjoyed reading this book much better than I enjoyed listening to it.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andre on 12-23-16

this was a phenomenon. I loved it so much, I cry.

this book was so good that I almost cried when there wasn't a part two.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 08-20-13

A lovely story

this is a really lovely story, I have not been able to stop listening, if you like travel, adventure, survival and romance then this book is for you.

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