ISLAND OF THE GREAT YELLOW OX by Walter Macken

ISLAND OF THE GREAT YELLOW OX

Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Fortunately, when Conor (an Irish boy), his toddler brother Babo, and two American acquaintances are caught in a sudden storm, they are swept to Ox Island. Conor--who has already had one run-in with the treasure-seeking Lady Agnes and her husband, the Captain--is shocked when they also arrive on the island, via a sturdy cruiser. Lady Agnes's desperate fear is that the boys will interfere with her hard-won discovery of a solid gold statue--a Druid icon. She and the Captain bury the four boys alive; the boys' old-fashioned ingenuity turns the tables on Lady Agnes and leads to a safe return home for all. Macken's tightly plotted treasure hunt makes a spirited armchair adventure. The character depiction is convincing and complex--especially when the boys pass up an opportunity to escape so that they, too, can view the wondrous statue. Wholesomely gripping. (Fiction. 10-12)*justify no*

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1991
ISBN: 0-671-73800-3
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1991