Island of the Aunts

Island of the Aunts

By Eva Ibbotson

Dutton Juvenile, Hardcover, 9780525464846, 276pp.

Publication Date: October 23, 2000

When three eccentric women, caretakers of a secret island of fantastical sea creatures, find they are becoming too old for the job, they "choose" (i.e. kidnap) three children to be their helpers, setting in motion a chain of events that could expose the island to the world or ensure its safe-keeping.

About the Author

Eva Ibbotson, born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner (21 January 1925 � 20 October 2010), was an Austrian-born British novelist, known for her children's books. Some of her novels for adults have been successfully reissued for the young adult market in recent years. For the historical novel Journey to the River Sea (Macmillan, 2001), she won the Smarties Prize in category 9�11 years, garnered unusual commendation as runner up for the Guardian Prize, and made the Carnegie, Whitbread, and Blue Peter shortlists. She was a finalist for the 2010 Guardian Prize at the time of her death. Her last book, The Abominables, was one of eight books on the longlist for the same award in 2012.