The Island at the End of Everything
Publisher: Chicken House
Amihan lives on the secluded island of Culion with her sick mum, who has leprosy. But when the government decides the island must be quarantined, Ami and all the children who don’t have the disease are forced to leave – while her mum must stay behind, along with everything Ami has ever known.
Separated from everything she loves, Ami embarks on a daring journey to find a way back home. When she discovers an abandoned boat, she sets out to fix it. But is she brave enough to take it across the fierce waves and back to Culion? Across the fierce water and through the forest, Ami faces many challenges, but the hardest one of all is waiting for her at home.
Poetic, bittersweet and full of heart, this has the feel and quality of an instant classic. Author Kiran Millwood Hargrave writes with a beautiful and gentle touch, evoking a lush and bountiful home for Ami in which disease is just another element to be balanced and lived with rather than separated from, while nature is as much of a character as the people.