|ON A REMOTE ISLAND
UNTOUCHED BY TIME...
IN A CULTURE THREATENED
A YOUNG LEADER
HER BROTHER'S LIFE
AND HER PEOPLE'S SURVIVAL...
a Paterson Prize winner
a BAC Julia Ward Howe honor book
Uido, a young woman from the En-ge tribe, is ecstatic
when she's chosen by her Oko-jumu (spiritual guide) to
succeed him as the future leader of her people. Her
decision to become the oko-jumu's apprentice brings
her older brother's jealousy and her best friend's
mistrust. But what weighs most on Uido's mind are visits
from modern strangers, who come from a nearby island
and threaten to take over her island and destroy her
tribe's way of life.
Then her little brother, Tawai, falls ill.
Tradition forbids her from crossing over to the
strangers' island to seek their help. Should Uido let her
brother die in order to save her people or should she
endanger everyone else's survival by trying to save his
life using the strangers' medicines?
If Uido risks all she has worked for and dreamed of by
journeying across to the strangers for help, will her
experience of the modern world shake her faith and
And more important still, when a Tsunami threatens to
destroy her island home, will her people still trust her to
lead them to safety?
Island's End is inspired by real events and real people
whom I met when I worked as an oceanographer on the
islands, several years ago. However, although I drew
on my own experiences and also spent nearly a
decade researching the lives and traditions of
indigenous people including the Andaman Islanders,
this book is a novel, not a nonfiction text. Uido's religion
and traditions are authentic to the ancient people of
the Andaman islands (albeit an amalgam of the
practices, beliefs and behavior of different tribes). To
remind myself that (despite several years of research
on the subject during which I weighed sometime
conflicting reports from various anthropologists), my
first loyalty was to my characters and the reality of their
tale, I decided to give Uido's tribe a fictional name
"En-ge" (which simply means people in the language of
the tribe I was privileged to meet).
My time on the Andaman Islands changed and moved
me deeply. Although I remained a scientist, my eyes
and heart were opened to another way of living and
I hope you'll enjoy and be inspired by the story and the
characters, especially Uido's courage and compassion
in the face of conflict and culture clash.
* "consistently engrosses ... refreshingly hopeful and beautifully written"
- STARRED Review, KIRKUS
* "lovely...offering an enticing blend of mystic tradition & imaginative speculation"
- STARRED Review, PW
* "vividly written & expertly paced...a moving story that will stay with readers long after the
end" - STARRED Review, SLJ
"succeeds spectacularly...an intricate but wholly accessible story"
- STARRED Review, BOOKLIST
Thank you for your interest in my second
novel, ISLAND'S END, which was released
on the 4th of August 2011, to
starred reviews in
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As of May 15, 2012, ISLAND's END has won the following
A winner of the PATERSON PRIZE
A finalist (honor book) for the BOSTON AUTHOR'S CLUB JULIA
WARD HOWE prize
A Kirkus Best Book for Young Adults
A Booklist Editor's Choice Best Books of the Year
An ALA and YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
An ALA Amelia Bloomer List selection
A CCBC choice