The Secret of Poplar Island

Author: Deemer, Beth

Subjects: Adventure; Friendship; Environmental Science; Boats

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7

Order code: 1293

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 1293S

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Ever since twelve-year-old Josh can remember, people have told stories about Poplar Island. Native Americans massacred settlers there, ghosts of pirates walked there, and a weird old man lives there alone. Everyone has a story, but no one has gone there to find out more. So Josh and his buddy Teague decide to go explore.

The mission is a near disaster when their boat sinks, and the boys are at the mercy of the island’s mysterious Mr. Melvin Wright for a boatride home. Josh, who loves boats and who is a genius with small machinery, is determined to buy another boat, an inexpensive wreck that he and Teague can repair. They plan to work odd jobs for the money. Jimmy, a sleazy teenager, sells the boys a dilapidated scow, which they take into their hearts and on which they lavish love, elbow grease, and money. But the boys learn that the boat is actually stolen property and must be returned immediately without compensation for their work and expense. Angry and depressed, they commiserate with Melvin, who is a good listener. As their friendship grows, they learn that Melvin is the island’s caretaker. His oyster and rockfish beds help the environment. Soon the three join forces in a mutually beneficial venture. The boys harvest and sell fish to local restaurants, thereby earning the money for a new boat. 

Tragedy strikes when Melvin has a heart attack. Jimmy sneaks onto the island to steal a special boat to sell to support his drug habit. The boys save Melvin and foil Jimmy’s plot, but not before Josh discovers the boat, takes on Jimmy, and gets the boat to run. This is a wonderful story of friendship and what can go right with a little well-placed effort.

Ever since twelve-year-old Josh can remember, people have told stories about Poplar Island. Native Americans massacred settlers there, ghosts of pirates walked there, and a weird old man lives there alone. Everyone has a story, but no one has gone there to find out more. So Josh and his buddy Teague decide to go explore. 

The mission is a near disaster when their boat sinks, and the boys are at the mercy of the island’s mysterious Mr. Melvin Wright for a boatride home. Josh, who loves boats and who is a genius with small machinery, is determined to buy another boat, an inexpensive wreck that he and Teague can repair. They plan to work odd jobs for the money. Jimmy, a sleazy teenager, sells the boys a dilapidated scow, which they take into their hearts and on which they lavish love, elbow grease, and money. But the boys learn that the boat is actually stolen property and must be returned immediately without compensation for their work and expense. Angry and depressed, they commiserate with Melvin, who is a good listener. As their friendship grows, they learn that Melvin is the island’s caretaker. His oyster and rockfish beds help the environment. Soon the three join forces in a mutually beneficial venture. The boys harvest and sell fish to local restaurants, thereby earning the money for a new boat. 

Tragedy strikes when Melvin has a heart attack. Jimmy sneaks onto the island to steal a special boat to sell to support his drug habit. The boys save Melvin and foil Jimmy’s plot, but not before Josh discovers the boat, takes on Jimmy, and gets the boat to run. This is a wonderful story of friendship and what can go right with a little well-placed effort.

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