Scar Island

by Dan Gemeinhart

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Book Information

Publication Date: November 2016


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 610L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level X


Interest Level: Grades 3-7; Age Level: 8 - 12


Major Awards: 2018 Capitol Choices, Ages Ten to Fourteen * New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017


Number of Pages: 256 pages


Approximate Word Count: 78,080 words -- The average reader will spend 5 hours and 12 minutes reading Scar Island at 250 words per minute.*


Audible Book Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins


Book Themes: Orphans, Bullying, Survival, Juvenile Delinquency, Guilt, Good vs Evil


Genre: Action and Adventure


Setting: Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys — a remote island facility consisting of an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean


Important Quote:
And you cannot leave a library. Without a book.
Jonathan crouched on his hands and knees, panting in the blackness. He'd never seen such darkness before, total and suffocating. Down in the deepest dungeon, pinned beneath a prison of dark stone, there was hardly even the memory of light. His eyes gasped like the mouth of a fish yanked out of the water They found no light to breathe.


First Line: It's no fun shivering when you're wearing handcuffs.


Point of View: Third Person through Jonathan's Perspective


*Estimate from Reading Length

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