‘Elen’s Island’ is a delightful, magical tale from Eloise Williams which takes you on a journey of discovery through the eyes of a young girl Elen. Sent to stay for the summer with her grandmother who she doesn’t know whilst her parents go on holiday, she is furious and doesn’t receive the warmest of welcome. Her grandmother barely tolerates her presence and leaves her to own devices with a hand drawn map and instructions to go and explore the island. But Elen soon discovers that the island is full of mysteries, secrets and possibly hidden treasure when a chance encounter with a photograph reveals a lost message. Can she uncover its true meaning and will the treasure she seeks be what she expects?
Eloise has crafted a beautiful story full of wonder, adventure and excitement which will perfectly suit those newly confident first readers. Elen is a fascinating character full of determination, spirit and bravery showing great resilience as she embarks on this lonely exploration despite feeling furious and sad that her parents have left her behind. The island itself is an intrinsic part of the story so much so that you can’t help but fall in love with it, just like Elen. Eloise’s wonderfully lyrical descriptions of the island and the surrounding sea, shimmering with a multitude of colours makes you want to dip your toes in and feel the sharp coldness of the water and wander through the creamy sand. It feels like a truly magical place that any child would love to find themselves in a middle of an adventure amongst the dunes and caves. With whispers of mermaids, potions and buried treasure it is an irresistible combination.
Filled with just the right amount of mystery, intrigue and the unknown it would make the perfect summer read for children aged 6 and over. ‘Elen’s Island’ has a real timeless appeal which is enchanting and truly charming. The wonderful illustrations by Gabby Grant perfectly capture Elen’s emotions and the stunning beauty of the island.
Thank you to Eloise William’s for sending me a copy of this lovely book to reivew. To celebrate the reprint of this fantastic book with its new stunning cover you can win one of two copies of this book head over to my Twitter page to enter. Ends Friday 22nd July UK only.
‘Elen’s Island’ is part of Firefly Press’s Dragonfly range for 7 – 10 year olds set in contemporary Wales. To find out more you can visit their website.