From the winner of the Texas Author Project and the Ben Franklin Award for Humor, comes his response to Lord Of the Flies. Never being a fan of that book, I was intrigued. This was so much better! This clever work puts a positive spin on the relationship between four middle school boys. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the boys are one well-coordinated example of friendship and loyalty.
Taking place at a time when kids could be kids and test their independence, these four friends show us exactly how friendship should be done. The freedom they have gives them the confidence and strength to face anything with their friends by their side. The boys discover the obligations that go along with friends that are also part of their lives. The humor that comes from knowing someone so intimately that you know what reactions and expressions are going to happen.
While reading this, I wished that today we had a little more disconnect going on for our younger generations to give them the strength of being self reliant.
The perfect middle school to high school book – although this adult also enjoyed the antics of the main characters. A definite, feel good friendship tale.
The summer of 1986. Central Texas. William and his friends should be having a blast. Instead, they are hounded by the Thousand Oaks Gang and their merciless leader, Bloody Billy. William found Billy’s backpack. And because of what it contains, Billy desperately wants it back, and he’ll do anything to get it. William hatches a plan for his friends to sneak away and hide in an abandoned lake house, except they become stranded on the lake’s desolate island without food or water. Will their time on the island devolve into chaos? Will the friends survive and be rescued?
The Benevolent Lords of Sometimes Island is Lord of the Flies meets The Body by Stephen King, the inspiration for the classic movie Stand By Me.
A gripping suspense story with adventure and danger, tinged with humorous banter between the four friends, the middle schoolers face certain death without adults to protect them from the unrelenting natural elements, as well as the wild creatures that lurk in the wilderness around the lake. With a backpack filled with money and marijuana they stole from the merciless gang leader, it’s only a matter of time before the high schoolers come looking for them, too.
From award-winning writer Scott Semegran, The Benevolent Lords of Sometimes Island is his eighth book. This novel is Semegran’s response to William Golding’s 1954 novel Lord of the Flies, which was Golding’s response to The Coral Island by R. M. Ballantyne, an adventure novel from 1858. All three novels tackle the premise of boys stranded on an island, with Semegran’s novel taking a decidedly modern view of a group of friends in Central Texas during the summer of 1986 working to survive in a situation filled with danger and desperation with only each other to rely on.