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Island Bound
Betty Levin
Greenwillow Books, 224 pages

Island Bound
Betty Levin
Betty Levin's stories have appeared in anthologies such as A Wizard's Dozen (1993) edited by Michael Stearns.

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A review by Margo MacDonald

This is a great story. It's got everything: mystery, adventure, ecological battles, psychic impressions, historical curiosities, great writing, likeable characters, a touch of romance, and puffins.

The author is able to create a strong impression of the island on which the action takes place -- by the end of the book you feel as if you've really been there. The mystery of the young woman who is said to haunt the island slowly comes to light as the hero and heroine come across clues, yet remains somewhat mysterious at the end of the book. This exploration of history becoming myth is nicely done and not too obvious. This is also true of the ecological struggles on the island -- you learn a lot about them without feeling like you're being lectured. I also felt that both sides of the argument were presented fairly.

Betty Levin relates to her readers while at the same time challenging them to stretch their knowledge and experience. I think she could have taken a few of the ideas in this story even further, but overall I would say that it is a masterfully written young adult book.

Copyright © 1997 by Margo MacDonald

Margo has always been drawn toward fantasy and, at the age of 5, decided to fill her life with it by pursuing a career as a professional actress. Aside from theatre (and her husband), Margo's passion has been for books. Her interests are diverse and eclectic, but the bulk fall within the realm of speculative fiction. She tells us that her backlog has reached 200 books and she's ready to win the lottery and retire.

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