Gloria Whelan Return to the Island

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Return to the Island

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It is the spring of 1818 and Mary O'Shea is once again living on beautiful Mackinac Island, set like a glittering jewel in the vast Great Lakes. The small island Mary knew as a child is now a booming town: Brigades of traders bring their precious furs from far-off western lands and hundreds of Indians camp on the shore, filling the island night with bonfires and the constant sound of beating drums.

Mary is delighted with her life on the farm and knows she chose wisely in declining a marriage proposal from James Lindsay, a young duke she met during her travels in London. But love of the land isn't the only reason Mary chose to return to her farm after a taste of England's high society. Mackinac Island is also home to Mary's dearest friend, White Hawk, an Indian raised by white settlers. And although White Hawk is often called away to defend Indian claims to native lands, Mary anticipates his visits, hoping that one day he will stay forever.

Then suddenly Mary's plans come into question. James, traveling across America to sketch the land and its people, appears at her doorstep to ask for her hand and declares he will not leave until she consents! Now her future, which once seemed as certain as the ebb and flow of the tides, is cast into stormy waters. Will she journey across the Atlantic to live a life of elegance and ease with James, or will she remain on her beloved island and wait for White Hawk?

In this dazzling conclusion to The Island Trilogy, Mary must uncover the truth of her won heart in order to discover what her future holds.

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL)

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About the Author:

Gloria Whelan is a distinguished poet and award-winning author. She has written many books for young readers, including Homeless Bird, winner of the National Book Award; Angel on the Square; Return To the Island; Once on this Island, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award; Farewell To the Island; Miranda's Last Stand; and The Indian School Ms. Whelan lives with her husband, Joseph, in the woods of northern Michigan.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 4-6-Whelan writes a convincing third novel in her series about a young woman who lived during the early 1800s on an island between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Mary returns to Michilimackinac after a visit to her sister in England. The beauty of an island she knows intimately; the strong roots of the family farm; and the bond she shares with a special friend, White Hawk, are all reasons for her excitement about returning home. To her disappointment, his commitment to his tribe at L'Arbre Croche leaves him little time to spend with her. The plot gets most interesting when a suitor Mary met in her travels comes to the island with the hope of winning her heart; readers are kept wondering if the adventurous young woman will choose to stay home with a Native leader or return to England to marry the son of a duchess. Throughout, the author deftly integrates history into the novel. This book stands on its own as small hints are dropped throughout the story about events that took place in the earlier titles.
Carrie Lynn Cooper, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond
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