Bright Island

Bright Island Mabel Robinson s delightful coming of age story won a Newbery Honor in and garnered extraordinary praise from critics and readers alike Born and raised on Bright Island off the Maine coast Thank

  • Title: Bright Island
  • Author: Mabel Louise Robinson Lynd Ward
  • ISBN: 9780375971365
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bright Island

    Mabel Robinson s delightful coming of age story won a Newbery Honor in 1938 and garnered extraordinary praise from critics and readers alike Born and raised on Bright Island off the Maine coast, Thankful Curtis is like her sea captain grandfather than any of her older brothers are Nothing suits her better than sailing and helping her father with the farm But when hMabel Robinson s delightful coming of age story won a Newbery Honor in 1938 and garnered extraordinary praise from critics and readers alike Born and raised on Bright Island off the Maine coast, Thankful Curtis is like her sea captain grandfather than any of her older brothers are Nothing suits her better than sailing and helping her father with the farm But when her dreaded sisters in law suggest that Thankful get some proper schooling on the mainland, the wind is knocked from her sails.Thankful finds the uncharted waters of school difficult to navigate there s a rocky reception from her rich roommate, Selina the breezy behavior of the charming Robert and stormy Mr Fletcher, the handsome Latin teacher whose caustic tongue masks a tender heart And while Thankful works hard to make the best of her new life, Bright Island continues to flash in her thoughts, like the sparkle of the sun on the water.The New York Times raved, One would be hard put to it to find a better contemporary novel than this, and now this evocative tale can be welcomed by a new generation of readers.

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    1. Tracey

      I wish I'd known this book when I belonged to the target age group. It feels like an unexpected amalgam of a Heidi, Anne of the Island, and Swallows and s, with a little Railway Children thrown in for good measure - the isolated girl who is just fine with staying that way, who has to carve out a place for herself among townsfolk; the extraordinary girl going away from her beloved home to school, a completely foreign environment where she is seen as a hick but proves herself and wins good friends [...]

    2. Michael Fitzgerald

      This is a magnificent book that is engaging and rewarding. While the situations are perhaps not commonplace today, the emotions are no less apropos. The story is somewhat typical, but is nevertheless interesting. It does not resolve in the expected way and yet is entirely satisfying. What I noticed, however, was that the book is written in a style that is strikingly different from that found in children's fiction of recent vintage. Too many of today's books seem dumbed down through the influence [...]

    3. Stephanie A.

      The descriptions of the island and island life are beautiful, reminding me of Misty of Chincoteague, but even after she resigns herself to life on the mainland, her boarding school and the small slightly-inland town are lovely in their own way as she learns to navigate this strange and noisy territory full of other teens, including such tropes as A Dashing Boy and a sophisticated and standoffish roommate. Even though she's out of her element, she never loses her natural determination and sense o [...]

    4. Jill

      Didn’t have high hopes for this 1938 Newbery Honor about a remote island off the coast of Maine even after I was a few chapters deep. Maritime-themed books seldom hold my interest. And on top of that, it seems the earlier I get on the honor roll the less enjoyable the book. But I was wrong. The tomboy-ish main character, Thankful, is likeable. It is a coming of age Cinderella story of a girl who goes from being home-schooled to an elite, well-to-do boarding school where she is at first ridicul [...]

    5. Erin

      I loved the beauty and feel of this book. It reminded me of the way it feels to read stories like The Penderwicks, The Boxcar Children, The Happy Hollisters, Charlotte's Web, Little Women, Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables and such. Written over 75 years ago it still has a timeless feel to it especially as a coming of age story. The descriptions of the island and the sea were so beautiful that you imagined them to be 2 more characters in the story. I was thinking about the charac [...]

    6. Peggy

      This is just the kind of old-fashioned book I love, very reminiscent of A Girl of the Limberlost. Thankful's understanding but no-nonsense mother also reminds me of Velvet's mother in National Velvet. And there are some boarding-school elements as well, another of my favorite themes. I can't believe I'd never heard of it before, but now it's been re-issued for its 75th anniversary.

    7. Susie

      In the same vein as The Bent Twig, Up a Road Slowly, even Understood Betsy. Elisabeth Ogilvie comes to mind too. Loved it.

    8. Bethany Scofield

      This is just a beautiful book. It shunned the frivolous chattiness of shallowness and deeply plunged into the steady beauty of a life deeply felt and bravely lived. It's a romance in its very practical way which suited me perfectly. I can't stand romance books usually. There was so much good in this book. I have a new favorite.

    9. Tracy

      Such a wonderful character. It reminds me of Anne of Green Gables, but without all the annoying prattle. This speaks beautifully of how place becomes part of you.

    10. Claire

      Loved this simple but luminous 1938 Newbery Honor book. A few favorite quotes:"This was the most peaceful spot that she had found. The tide flowed back over bare and thirsty spaces. She felt refreshed in the vigor of her own thoughts.""[Her mother] opened Thankful's door softly, and with competent hands covered her until only the cloudy head buried in the pillows was visible. Then she left her in the quiet room with the sound of Jed's motor going across the water, fainter and fainter. It was Mar [...]

    11. Adam Housley

      I can see why this book is a Newberry award winner. Having just finished reading this book to my fourth grader tonight, I must confess that Robinson writing style has a choppy style too it. Not to say that her writing is not excellent and worthy of praise, but it was a challenge to read aloud. The story: it's good, not great, but I love the narrator's discovery of her love for home and her grandfather, not to mention her shunning modern society.

    12. Amy Dance

      Enjoyed this book a lot, but it left a few loose ends (Fletcher) that weren't settled to my satisfaction. The story & language is timeless, rather than dated.

    13. Katie Fitzgerald

      This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.Thankful Curtis is the youngest of Mary Curtis’s children and the only girl. Her six brothers have married and left the family home on Bright Island, but Thankful has no such desires. She wants to remain in the place she loves most, where she can hold tightly to memories of her beloved grandfather. Unfortunately, Thankful’s family is concerned that she hasn’t been properly educated about “what a girl is for,” so they decide that she [...]

    14. QNPoohBear

      In 1937, Bright Island off the coast of Maine is uninhabited by anyone except the Curtis family. Thankful Curtis would have it no other way. With her older brothers grown and off the island, she can swim and sail to her heart's content. A tomboy, Thankful resists her sisters-in-law attempts to civilize her. Then, Thankful's parents decide she must attend school on the mainland. Thankful tries to rebel, insisting her place is on the island, but she learns it was her beloved grandfather's wish tha [...]

    15. Paula

      I chose this book because once-upon-a-time it was a Newbery Honor book, but, meh. "Bright Island" is a coming-of-age story about Thankful Curtis, a young girl who has grown up as basically an only child (her brothers are much older) on an island where no other families live. She has been home-schooled, and spent most of her time alone. She doesn't much care for other people, and has a difficult time fitting in when she goes to spend a year on the mainland to finish high school. The book takes pl [...]

    16. Julie Barrett

      Bright Island by Mabel L. RobinsonISBN: 9780394809861 First thing that attracted me to this book was that it's about an island. Love islands as I spent many a year in my teens growing up on one local one.Next thing is the state of Maine. We have traveled around the state and have spent many a week there just discovering new things. Mary Curtis has 6, 4 living boys who were now all married and living on the mainland and the last child she had a daughter which she named, Thankful.They were all c [...]

    17. Julie Barrett

      Bright Island by Mabel L. RobinsonISBN: 9780394809861 First thing that attracted me to this book was that it's about an island. Love islands as I spent many a year in my teens growing up on one local one.Next thing is the state of Maine. We have traveled around the state and have spent many a week there just discovering new things. Mary Curtis has 6, 4 living boys who were now all married and living on the mainland and the last child she had a daughter which she named, Thankful.They were all c [...]

    18. The Library Lady

      Okay, listen up, hipsters of the Newberys/Cybils/Whatever. This is a cautionary tale.Back in 1938 the NY Times raved "One would be hard put to it to find a better contemporary novel than this" and perhaps it was. And perhaps it was worthy of a Newbery Honor.But in 2013 I can't see a kid happily reading this.Or perhaps, before I get a slough of 12 year olds/homeschooling moms/childless librarians and teachers telling me otherwise--I can't see the average kid of 2013 reading this onePlenty of fict [...]

    19. Phoebe

      Newly reissued for the 75th anniversary of its publication, this book should find some new readership with a spiffy new cover. Set rather exotically on a small island off the coast of Maine, the novel explores one year in the life of Thankful Curtis, a high-school aged girl whose loyalty and love for her home and the natural world takes precedence over all things. Her six older brothers have all married and left home to live on the mainland, and their wives feel strongly that Thankful should be [...]

    20. Thomas Bell

      It was okay. A girl named Thankful is very independent, and it seems that everyone is trying to get her to conform - especially her Sisters-in-Law, which to me are still all the same person even though there are 4 of them. And she resists. Unfortunately, by the end she does kind of become her mother and it is meant to be a good thing. Oh, well.Also, this book teaches about jerks. Yep, there is one named Robert. For all you Jane Austen fans out there, this guy is a LOT like Mr. Wickham from Pride [...]

    21. Sid S.

      It is a story about a girl, Thankful Curtis, who is born and raised off the coast of Maine. During her initial years she is home schooled by her mother, Mary Curtis, who is a phenomenal teacher. Thankful loves sailing and helping her father with the farm. Her sisters-in-law suggest that she should get some proper schooling in the mainland. Thankful had to unwilling leave Bright Island and live in a hostel in the mainland. She was a shy but an intelligent student, and finally manages to make frie [...]

    22. Virginia Walter

      I read the paperback reissue of this 1938 Newbery honor book. Sixteen-year-old Thankful Curtis has been raised on an island off the Maine coast. Schooled by her Scottish mother and taught to sail by her sea captain grandfather, she loves her life there. Now she must face the prospect of attending a boarding school on the mainland and learning "what a woman does." It is a gentle coming-of-age story written in a more innocent time for more innocent teens. Still, there are situations and characters [...]

    23. Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

      Robinson, Mabel Bright Island pg. 276 Yearling 2012 Language: (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content-G; Violence: G;Thankful lives on Bright Island where her mother and father taught her everything they could. She was sent to the mainland to go to school; at first she hated it, but she learned that her grandfather paid her to go, and she found some good friends and classes that she liked. She received a message that her mother was ill, she found a doctor to come with her to Bright Island. I thoug [...]

    24. Margaret

      I finally finished reading this book. It really took me back to the '60s! The author and his future wife had a very unique relationship during their courtship by mail. Almost a "When Harry Met Sally" , in that they both dated other people and "talked" to each other about it. They finally decided that they were meant for each other their senior year in college and tied the knot right after they graduated. One cool thing, as I received this book from FirstReads in exchange for a review, I receive [...]

    25. Carol

      Thankful Curtis loves her life on Bright Island. She is happy to help her father on the farm and even happier sailing the sea like her grandfather before her. Thankful is devastated when her interfering yet well-intentioned sisters-in-law decide she needs some formal schooling on the mainland. She has an incredibly hard time fitting in with her classmates and teachers. She tries her best to adjust though her heart and thoughts are always on Bright Island. This delightful coming-of-age story won [...]

    26. Kyla

      I read this one weekend morning in bed under a feather quilt with a coffee cup at my side all in one go and I think that it might just be the ideal way to read it. I think this book would have been magic when I was young because it was still pretty magical now, reading it for the first time. Girl grows up on remote Maine Island, goes to boarding school, encounters love and friendship etc etc. - like Anne of Green Gables crossed with Linda Greenlaw. So cozy. And I suggest the new reedition with t [...]

    27. Trish

      This book was written 75 years ago, so I do not know how I missed it. I should clarify for my friends this is a children/young adult book. Similar to reading a Betsy Tacy or Anne of Green Gables story.Bright Island, Maine is a place you might want to live if you were okay with no electricity and your best friend being a lame seagull. Have I hooked you yet? Thankful Curtis is a charming main/Maine character. You will fly along with her as she plays on her island and then struggle with her when sh [...]

    28. Debbie

      This was a coming-of-age story from the 1930s or so, so it is full of very different characteristics, difficulties and themes. I loved the story for it's main character and her family, the sense of place, and the nostalgia of simpler times. I loved that Thankful (the main character) loved her island home so much and all of the ways she felt and expressed her feelings about her home. This was a classic I am so glad I found!

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