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The Stormkeepers Island by Catherine Doyle

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Kathy Lewis

Although not the usual type of book I would read, I was soon captivated by the story and its characters. This was a truly magical tale encompassing the full range of human emotions and experiences. Love versus hate, greed versus kindness, family bonds and demonstrated the importance of remembering the past and learning from it, good and bad. The contrasting personalities of Fionn and his sister Tara made the story particularly funny with Fionn happy to read an encyclopaedia and Tara glued to her mobile phone. However all the children including Bartley and his sister Shelby, were fascinated by the magic of the island in their different ways and for different reasons, which shows that despite social media and all the other distractions, children are still attracted to myths and magic. I loved Malachy, the grandfather of Fionn and Tara who was wise and had a fantastic sense of fun and daring about him. Definitely a book for children and adults to share and enjoy.

Ella Mitchell

Not being used to reading children''s books I had no idea what to expect. However, it was wonderful. Fionn's grandfather is quite a character and how I laughed at the seagull leaving his poo on Bartley's hair. It is extremely well written going from being very funny to quite scary, also magical - wanting to know what is going to happen next. You just have to keep reading to find out.

Laura Radford

The Storekeeper’s Island is a book that I wouldn’t necessarily pick up when looking for my next read, but the cover intrigued me and I had heard from various sources that although a children’s book, this had been enjoyed by adults.

The thing I enjoyed most about this book is the escapism it gave me when reading it. Your imagination really does run away with itself when reading this book. Its action packed, with great characters and a wonderful storyline. The description of the island and the various parts including the cave and tree really help you to visualise it in your mind.

I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who wants a bit of escapism and a somewhat light read, in a world that is often full of clutter.

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