Scar Island is the newest book by Dan Gemeinhart, a phenomenal middle school/middle grade author. This book was being described as Holes meets Lord of the Flies. Yes please! It was a super fast read, and fast-paced novel. I flew through it. I've been doing summer reading promotions to 5th and 6th graders and many of them loved this just as much as me.
My rating: 4.5 stars.
Summary from goodreads:
Jonathan Grisby is the
newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys --
an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean.
It is dark, damp, and dismal. And it is just the place Jonathan figures
Because Jonathan has done something terrible. And he's willing to accept whatever punishment he has coming.
as he's getting used to his new situation, however, a freak accident
leaves the troubled boys of Slabhenge without any adult supervision.
Suddenly the kids are free, with an entire island to themselves. But
freedom brings unexpected danger. And if Jonathan can't come to terms
with the sins of his past and lead his new friends to safety . . . then
every boy on the island is doomed.