Review: We Won an Island

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Book Title: We Won an Island(available here)

Author: Charlotte Lo

Publisher: Nosy Crow

Publication Date: May 2019

Most Suitable For: KS2



What would you do if you owned your very own island?

When Luna wins a remote Scottish island in a competition, she and her family move to live there in the hope that life from now on will be simple and problem-free. What Luna never expects is that island life comes with its own issues, including sheep pageants, bat droppings, crazy storms and secret festivals. Can Luna make the island a home and help her whole family find their feet there too?


This is a quick and quirky read that is filled with harmless humour and strong values of family and community. Themes of friendship and loyalty come through strongly in the narrative and there is a tone of joviality throughout that balances well with the relatable modern-day issues facing the main character. For Luna, the island competition taps into her natural resources of imagination and hopefulness, both of which often prove to be assets of childhood that help young people though harder times. I read this story in one sitting and I can see it being enjoyed by children across KS2.

Uplifting, entertaining and heaps of fun, this is the kind of story that leaves you feeling like anything is possible.


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