Garbage Island

Fred Koehler

Book - 2018

"In the midst of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Archibald Shrew and Garbage Island's mouse mayor, Mr. Popli, constantly clash over Archibald's bungled inventions. In fact, Archie and Mayor Popli are so busy arguing that they don't realize their island is falling apart until it's too late. Caught in a current, these unlikely companions are swept far from home on a rip-roaring adventure neither could have imagined. As they try to fight their way back, they'll face m...any perils--a massive storm, deadly predators, a formidable enemy army--and discover new strengths in themselves and each other. But they'll need every ounce of bravery, creativity, and cooperation they can muster--if they're going to survive."--Dust jacket front flap.

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Series
Koehler, Fred. Nearly always perilous adventures of Archibald Shrew.
Subjects
Genres
Action and adventure fiction
Published
Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Boyds Mills Press, an imprint of Highlights [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781629796758
1629796751
Main Author
Fred Koehler (author)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–5—Mayor Popli, a mouse, and Archibald Shrew, a shrew, do not get along. Archi is an inventor who is always making a mess, much to Popli's dismay. One day, Garbage Island, their home on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is suddenly split apart and the two are sent on a perilous adventure aboard Popli's houseboat. They meet strange new creatures along the way, including snakes, bugs, spiders, and rats. Among fast-paced action and danger, the mouse and shrew begin to work through their differences and learn more about themselves and each other. Black-and-white illustrations help bring the story to life. A brief author's note explains his inspiration for Garbage Island and the facts of the very real floating garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean. VERDICT This entertaining animal adventure stands out from similar fare because of its strong characters and an underlying message of environmental awareness.—Maeve Dodds, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"In the midst of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Archibald Shrew and Garbage Island's mouse mayor, Mr. Popli, constantly clash over Archibald's bungled inventions. In fact, Archie and Mayor Popli are so busy arguing that they don't realize their island is falling apart until it's too late. Caught in a current, these unlikely companions are swept far from home on a rip-roaring adventure neither could have imagined. As they try to fight their way back, they'll face many perils--a massive storm, deadly predators, a formidable enemy army--and discover new strengths in themselves and each other. But they'll need every ounce of bravery, creativity, and cooperation they can muster--if they're going to survive."--Dust jacket front flap.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A mouse and a shrew, lost at sea, find their efforts to return to their home in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch complicated by predators and storms before they begin to work together and discover how much they have in common.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Archibald Shrew and Mr. Popli, the mouse who is Mayor of Garbage Island in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, are arguing about Archibald's inventions when they are swept away by a current and must work together if they are to get home again.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Two opposites lost at sea discover the power of bravery, creativity, and friendship in this action-packed middle-grade adventure for fans of Stuart Little and PoppyMr. Popli, the mouse Mayor of Garbage Island, is always at odds with Archibald Shrew, a brilliant but reckless inventor. When Garbage Island splits apart, they’re trapped together in Mr. Popli’s houseboat, desperate to find their way home. At first, they only argue, but when they face a perilous thunderstorm and a series of predators, they begin to work together and recognize—in themselves and in each other—strengths they didn't know they had.