Bookaday: Isle Royale by John Hamilton

Isle RoyaleIsle Royale - Young Adult Historical

What if your family was held hostage by killers? And what if your mom was in love with one of them? That’s the dilemma faced by Ian MacDougal, the 16-year-old son of a lighthouse keeper.

The year is 1924, at the height of Prohibition. The place: Isle Royale, a remote island on Lake Superior. Ian’s only friend is Sally Young, daughter of the assistant lightkeeper.

One storm-tossed night, French-Canadian smugglers arrive. The leader of the gang is Sean LeBeck, a former lover of Collene MacDougal—Ian’s mother. LeBeck is determined to rescue Collene from her dreary life and rekindle their old passion, whatever the cost.

During the storm, Ian and Sally escape, only to stumble upon a hidden cove, home of the last remaining members of the Coast Guard cutter Chippewa. A dark secret forced the crew to banish themselves in shame. Now, given one last chance at redemption, the ancient mariners and the kids set out on stormy Lake Superior to save the day.
Isle Royale is approximately 72,000 words.

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Available as an ebook for Amazon Kindle, for just $2.99.
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Author Info:
John Hamilton is a bestselling author of books for children and young adults. His work includes books on fantasy & folklore, the national parks, and pirates. Lewis & Clark: Adventures West (Sparrow Media Group) was named a finalist at the 17th Annual Minnesota Book Awards in 2005. He is a two-time Golden Duck Award winner for excellence in children’s science fiction literature. John can be found most summers hiking along Minnesota’s North Shore. He is also an award-winning photojournalist and nature photographer.

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  1. Great review; thanks. The setting alone makes me want to read this story!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Faith! Happy reading!


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