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Jeanne Willis By (author)
Paddy Donnelly Illustrated by
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Andersen Press USA

Limited ***

11.0 X 9.5 in
32 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical


When a boy washes up on a desert island, he is sure he’s on his own in the world.

But there’s someone else living there: Hom, a peace-loving creature who has lost his family, too. Alone on the island together, they learn from each other and become the best of friends. So when a rescue ship appears on the horizon, the boy has a big decision to make . . .


"After a boy is shipwrecked on an island, he is surprised to meet Hom, a creature with green fur, orange hair, and a skinny, humanoid body. Eager to make a new friend, Hom helps the boy find food and shelter and shows him pictures he has drawn in his cave of the family he used to have. The time period is unclear, although the boy has a toy car and knows about go-carts. The boy does not know if his family survived the shipwreck, but he sends them a message in a bottle. When a rescue ship arrives, however, the boy decides he must protect Hom, and the two friends hide until the sailors leave. The final illustrations show the boy growing bigger. His narration makes it sound like he would like to return home but only after Hom no longer needs him. Adults may find the boy's decision surprising, but children will be ready to accept that living with a strange green creature on a deserted island is a reasonable life choice."—BooklistWebsite

Author Bio

Jeanne Willis was born in St. Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She is now a full-time writer. She lives in North London with her husband and two children.
Paddy Donnelly is an Irish illustrator who now lives in Belgium. With over 14 years experience as an illustrator and designer, he also creates kids apps.