Author: S.A. Bodeen
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Age: JUV 9+
This is the 2nd installment in the Shipwreck Island series. I’ve read this book twice now just like book#1.
In this book the girl that was found on the beach joins the Robinson family. Her name is Cash & she was left on the island just a few days before Sarah & the others. She was spending the summer with her Uncle Sarge who owns a boat. Two mysterious people show up looking for a boat to charter them to an island. When they arrive on Shipwreck Island the man insists that this is not the island where on a previous voyage many years ago he lost his “cargo”. In a struggle between the man & Sarge, Cash is thrown overboard & abandoned on the island.
Fast forward to when she ends up on the beach writing the strange message in the sand. Cash tells the Robinson’s that after she was marooned there she was captured and held in a cave by a man named The Curator. She doesn’t know much about him other than he’s definitely dangerous.
The group decides to build a tree house on the beach so they can be close to a possible rescue. Sarge & the mysterious couple are supposed to come back for Cash after they find what they are looking for. During the building process Yvonna is very sick & John takes Ahab with him to get supplies. It’s not long before Nacho wanders off to help them & disappears too.
A very worried Marco & Sarah go off to look for them while Cash stays with Yvonna. Marco & Sarah find their way down a path & into a valley filled with amazingly strange animals. There’s a bird with a human mouth, a rhino with a unicorn horn, a kangaroo with lion paws, & many more. Being chased by a rhinocorn isn’t all it’s cracked up to be & the siblings wander into a cave for shelter. It’s too late however before they realize they’ve wandered into The Curator’s lair. Inside the cave there are frozen glass cases containing plants, animals, & the rest of their family! Sarah & Marco vow to save them but not before running into The Curator’s trap.
Will they get free and save their family or will they become part of his collection?
Likes: This book is very similar to the first & a great quick read!
The cool animals are one of the best parts & the mystery surrounding the Curator’s lair only adds to the fun!