The Island of Beyond

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 7
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Eleven-year-old Martin can hardly imagine a worse summer. Martin’s dad wants him to like “normal” boy things—playing sports and exploring the outdoors—so he sends Martin to his great-aunt Lenore, who lives on a tiny island called Beyond. Nothing about Beyond is what Martin expects, certainly not the strange, local boy who unexpectedly befriends Martin. Solo can canoe and climb trees and survive on his own in the wilderness, and Martin’s drawn to him in a way he doesn’t quite understand. But he’s not sure he can trust Solo. In fact, can he trust anything about this strange island, where everyone seems to be keeping secrets?

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 4
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 288
Publication Date 2016-04-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.6
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039060, JUV039140, JUV024000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 760
Guided Reading Level W
ATOS Reading Level 4.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 181025
Accelerated Reader® Points 8.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed

Author: Elizabeth Atkinson

Elizabeth Atkinson has been an editor, a children's librarian, an English teacher, and a newspaper columnist. She lives in Newburyport, MA. Visit her at


  • NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List, Winner, 2017
  • Maine Literary Book Award Finalist, Short-listed, 2017
  • NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, Winner, 2017
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, Winner, 2016


School Library Journal

“A gently told coming-of-age story distinguished by its beautifully described island setting.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“This quiet, coming-of-age story is filled with quirky characters and is distinguished by a beautiful setting. And the timeless quest for love and acceptance will resonate with all readers. . . . In the middle of nowhere, Martin may just find himself. Quietly powerful.”—Kirkus Reviews