The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave is a brilliant book about a girl called Amihan (Ami) and her nanay (mum). Ami’s nanay, Tala, has Mycobacterium Leprae (leprosy) and is Touched (a leper). Culion is an island in the Philippines and is a leper colony. When new laws from the Director of Health take place, nothing will be the same again.
I like the book because it is inspirational and gives the message that when you set your mind to something, you can do anything.
The book is set mainly on two islands, Culion and Coron. They are beautiful places, but the characters in this book are forced to go there.
My favourite character is Mariposa (Mariposa is butterfly in Spanish), everyone calls her Mari, because her right hand isn’t properly formed and she doesn’t care what people think of her. Mari is also brave, kind and adventurous. She was left on the doorstep of CORON ORPHANAGE as a child, because people thought she had leprosy.
In conclusion, I like this book a lot as it is really funny with lots of twists to the plot. I would recommend this book to young readers who like adventure. Kiran really twists a true story of an illness that was misunderstood into a beautiful story about the adventures of Ami, Kidlat and Mari trying their best to help Ami’s nanay.
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