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Left to Themselves

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In "Left to Themselves" by Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson, readers are transported to a remote island where two boys find themselves alone and forced to fend for themselves. The author beautifully captures the essence of survival and friendship as the boys face various challenges and obstacles in their harsh environment.

The character development is well-done, with each boy exhibiting distinct personalities and growth throughout the story. The narrative is immersive and engaging, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as they follow the boys' journey to survive and ultimately find their way back home.

Prime-Stevenson's writing style is descriptive and vivid, painting a vivid picture of the island setting and the boys' struggles. The pacing of the story is well-balanced, with moments of tension and suspense interspersed with heartwarming moments of camaraderie and triumph.

Overall, "Left to Themselves" is a captivating tale of resilience, friendship, and the indomitable human spirit. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a compelling and thought-provoking read.

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Said to be the first-ever gay youth novel, this 1891 story follows the adventures of 12-year-old Gerald Saxton embarking on a trip from New York, to meet his father in Nova Scotia. He is chaperoned by 17-year-old Philip Touchtone. During the trip, their steamer sinks, they are shipwrecked, and marooned on an island. In addition, a shady antagonist is stalking the two. And while all this is happening, a friendship of mutual affection develops between the boys . - Summary by Donald Cummings


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