Whale Island Readers’ Comments

Whale Island and the Mysterious Bones: Readers’ Testimonials 

“Your book is amazing! I love the book and I mean LOVE the book! It’s so cool. Captain Sharkley sounds tough and so does Tiger when he threw Red into the hall…..WOW…I hope you remember me –  I was so excited to meet you!”                                                                                                                                                                 – Kara Michelle Nickel, 9 years-old, Long Island

“I really liked the book.  It was cool how they used the whale bones to get to the Diamond City.  When they got captured, it was a little scary.”   – Miko Vorburger, 8 years-old, California

“I bought your book at my school, St.William the Abbot. I just finished it a week ago, and I wanted to tell you how much I really liked it, because I think they were really courageous to escape from Sharkley.  I think the book is really inspiring to people (like me) who want to write books. I was wondering if you were going write a sequel to WHALE ISLAND and the MYSTERIOUS BONES. If so, I know it’s going to be as good as this one!” -Celeste, 8-years old, Seaford, NY

“Your book was very descriptive – I love books like that. It felt so real, I could picture the people in my head.” – Delaney Hardekoepf, 10-years old, Oceanside, NY

“Whale Island and the Mysterious Bones was my favorite book of the summer (2011). Once I started to read it, I couldn’t stop!” – Brian Scannell, 10-years old, Oceanside, NY

“I read this book to vet it for my 10-year old son. It was an exciting and imaginative story. We both truly enjoyed Whale Island and the Mysterious Bones. We are looking forward to Mrs. Bonnet’s next adventure!” – Merrill Scannell, Oceanside, NY

“I have had the pleasure of reading Whale Island and the Mysterious Bones by Karen L. Bonnet. This is a wonderful children’s book! The story is well drawn with very believable and sympathetic characters. The plot has the reader turning pages quickly to find out what happens next to the protagonists, Katy, Will and Uncle Hughie. The antagonists, Captain Sharkley and Henshaw keep our heroes on their toes, racing one step ahead of the dastardly fates intended for them.

“From wild storms, to kidnapping, and shark attacks, the main characters finally make their way to a magical place, Whale Island. It is here where Karen L. Bonnet’s talent as a writer really shines, capturing the reader with her descriptive paragraphs, both beautiful and enticing.” – Linda Maria Frank, Author of The Madonna Ghost, Massapequa

“I read your book many months ago and very much enjoyed it.  I liked the suspense and the vivid imagery throughout the novel. In addition, I enjoyed the dynamics of the characters and found Sharkley to be a strange and cunning fellow.  I think it is a great idea that you emphasized how past events influenced the behavior and mentality of the characters.  I also think it was wise to leave the book in a cliff-hanger fashion so that you have the option to have a series of these adventure novels. All the best in your endeavors and God bless.  – Racquel Dudzinski, Bay Shore

“Upon reading Karen Bonnet’s Whale Island and the Mysterious Bones, I am reminded that in good stories the people we care about are not necessarily great heroes or remarkable human beings.  Rather, they are ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events.  Such is the case with Katey and Will, the protagonists, who come face to face with danger and awe on almost every page.

“This is what will keep young readers turning those pages as they relate to the characters, care about them and ultimately share their adventurous journey home, no worse for the wear and yet a little wiser. Listening to Karen Bonnet talk about her work, one gets the idea that she actually had the adventure herself.  She is able to walk us through her creative process by introducing us to members of her family who inspired her characters and sparked her imagination.” – Beth Rowe, Storyteller, Oceanside

“A captivating tale evocatively told that’s sure to transport younger readers as well as their parents.”  – Gary Goldstein, Screenwriter/Playwright, Los Angeles

“Mrs. Bonnet captured the hearts and imaginations of my twenty-five third graders in 2006, as she charted them on a journey into a world where an undersea kingdom offered treasures and surprises. Each new adventure of Katey and Will left us at the edge of our seats, hungry for the next word. We traveled with them holding our breaths, fearful for Uncle Hughie; riveted, and waiting to discover the mysteries of the Island. We wondered whether they all would ever find their way back home. Through the careful crafting of language and development of character, Mrs. Bonnet creates a rich, visual excursion with characters that are believable and familiar, with places that we could actually paint because they are described with lush sensory descriptions. I cannot wait to open the pages of Whale Island and the Mysterious Bones, and enchant my next group of third graders with the adventure.”   – Denise Kass,third-grade Teacher, Oceanside

“I read your book Whale Island and the Mysterious Bones many months ago and wanted to let you know that I very much enjoyed it.  I especially liked the suspense and the vivid imagery throughout the novel. In addition, I enjoyed the dynamics of the characters and found Sharkley to be a strange and cunning fellow.  I think it is a great idea that you emphasized how past events influenced the behavior and mentality of the characters.  I also think it was wise to leave the book in a cliff-hanger fashion so that you have the option to have a series of these adventure novels.  All the Best in your Endeavors and God Bless.”  – Racquel Dudzinski

One thought on “Whale Island Readers’ Comments

  1. Its such a great Book! You made me want to read more! Lots of details and adventure! Whale Island is now my 1# favorite book I recommended this book to all my friends! Keep Writting these wonderful books! – Your Cousin, Jenna McBride.

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